Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Pretty excited when I got home from biking to see the very first crocus blooming in my front yard! Love the vibrant purple color… and LOVE that I’ve never planted crocus & yet somehow this little cutie found it’s way into my street corner planter box!

Categories: classes, flowers, garden, pottery

After last night’s “exchanging-trading-stealing” game with my Intermediate class, I walked away with this SWEETIE of a flowerpot Christine! She’s been working a lot with terra cotta, white underglaze backgrounds & detailed paintings with colored underglaze. This one commemorates the Chicago flag & Lillstreet 2021. Great class… great planter… great souvenir of our class!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, seasons

It’s the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! Finally…
and I’m so excited to see some pops of color breaking through in my front yard. Looks like the periwinkle vinca vine is off to a good start!

Categories: flowers, garden

The sun finally came out for a brief moment this afternoon… and backlit this orchid just perfect to make the new blooms really shine!

Categories: garden

A few more happy succulents enjoying the bright sunlight on my dining room windowsill… and their stamped & soda-fired flowerpots!

Categories: garden, nature

Enjoying some some blue skies & bright sunshine streaming through one of my shamrock plants… from the warmth & comfort INSIDE my condo!!! Just one more “distraction” to delay my trip into the studio today!

Categories: flowers, friends, garden

It’s been a long time coming, but this cute little succulent has finally started blooming. It has been working on sending up these flower stalks for months, and now it seems like it’s enjoying the bright sun with these tender little blossoms! Not so sure what kind it is… but it’s loving its new home… and the cute little flower stake by my friend Cory McCrory!

Categories: color, flowers, friends, garden, nature, textures

Dull dreary & cold Winter days are so much easier to cope with when you go down into my friend Rosene’s basement to find her coleus garden growing in full force! What better way to feed her own gardening addiction than to take cuttings at the end of Summer… and then root them & nurse them through the Winter! So many wonderful colors & textures on these gorgeous coleus plants! Perfect for a natural TEXTURE TUESDAY!!!

Too bad this little slice o Heaven is way down by Peoria!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

While we’re focused on flower pots for Day Seven of my “TWELVE DAYS” pottery sales… I thought I’d share this little bit of craziness going on at my place!

I re-planted this little succulent back in May and it seems to be loving its new home. So much so that it’s sending up these wonderful stalks with tiny little flowers on top!

Again, apparently my plants are thriving during the pandemic shut-down – with no special care, just a south-facing window and plenty of neglect!!!

Categories: flowers, garden

So apparently I’m NOT the only one whose cactus is starting to bloom… like this one down in Peoria! They’re looking pretty happy in their handmade pottery flower pots, just sayin’! Thanks for the photos Gerry & Rosene!

Anyways, thanks to a Facebook Fan who clarified the difference, this is in fact a Thanksgiving Cactus. Different from a Christmas Cactus… or even more different from an Easter Cactus. Who knew there were three?… not me! But thanks to Kim for clarifying the cactus confusion for me.

For more information to clarify the cactus confusion, click here!