Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: friends, mugs, soda-fired, stamped, textures

I’ll also have a selection of my new “hybrid mugs”… the combined wheelthrown & handbuilt mugs with textured pattern all the way around. So be sure to come to ART IN THE BARN to grab yourself a new mug… crying kid not included!!!

Thanks for the photo Nancy… looks like little Teagan wants to “get out” of that huge mug!

Categories: flowers, friends, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Beautiful roses for a beautiful birthday present for my friend Kelly. Her Mom gave her the stunning flowers… and Kelly put them in one of my stamped & soda-fired vases. Gorgeous roses… but methinks Kelly might need a bigger vase soon???

Categories: bike, friends

This sign makes me laugh EVERY time!!!

Literally where the path ends!!! Not sure we really need a sign for this… I think it’s kind of obvious?! Good place to stop… breath… set our next destination… and notice Nancy’s cool shadow on the ground!!!

Categories: bike, friends

I’ve always said that “the best part about biking, is STOPPING.”

Stopping to appreciate your surroundings.
Stopping to enjoy time with friends.
Or in this case… stopping to see Nancy sitting on a large egg in an even larger nest!!! Silly moments with friends… part of a perfect day on our bikes.

Stopping. Relaxing. Friends.

Categories: art fair, flowers, friends

Huge THANKS to everyone who came out to ART IN THE GARDEN last weekend. It was great seeing everyone having a fun time surrounded by art in the garden… hence the name! We had wonderful weather & fantastic turn-out. So much fun seeing people out & about again… even if we were all still masked!

Also, a big thanks to painter Mary Foster who brought some zinnias from her yard to make my vases look so much better… and to “fulfill their destiny” of one day holding flowers!

Categories: art fair, artists, friends, My Talented Friends

Beautifully blown baubles & beads! Glass artist Donna Sauers has been making a lot of beautiful pieces in her torch… each one then turned into a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art. Just one of My Talented Friends joining us this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, friends

Just a few more “teasers” of what my “cohort in collaboration” Cory McCrory has been up to in her studio as we prepare for ART IN THE GARDEN. We’ll be combining our efforts this weekend… and we’d love for you to see the final results!!! Limited quantities… come on out early!!!

For more information about ART IN THE GARDEN… www.grassrootsartfair.com

Categories: flowers, friends, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Fresh flowers in one of my stamped & soda-fired square vases. Looks like Rhonda’s latest visit to the Farmer’s Market has helped fulfill the destiny of this two-sided vase! Thanks for sharing Rhonda… and for brightening our day!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like my friend Rhonda has been enjoying the “fruits of her labors” with a small harvest of fresh red tomatoes. Looking even more appetizing in a green glazed berry bowl with a fun altered & textured rim!

Categories: food, friends, mugs, soda-fired

Looks like my pal Allison is enjoying her morning meal… with a bit of sunshine streaming in! Looks yummy… especially as she’s using one of my “handbuilt-wheelthrown-combo” mugs!

And by the way… we’re still looking for a better name for them!!!