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

On another gloomy gray day, I’ll take a bit of Spring green anywhere we can find it.
Loving Mother Nature’s textures & colors in Early Spring.

Categories: classes, inspiration, nature, seasons

So now that they have their mugs assembled, it’s time for my Pottery Throwdown students to embellish them. So last night towards the end of class, the next challenge was revealed. They now need to take their four matching mugs and decorate them to represent, signify, resemble, interpret or otherwise show some influence by The Four Seasons. They have until class next Thursday to “finish them up” and bring them to class as they’re drying to greenware!

It’s completely up to them how they approach the project…
stylized & graphic?… sculptural?… illustrative?… carved?… stamped?… sgraffito?… painted?…
or otherwise “naturally” inspired!!!




Categories: nature, weather

A chilly, but beautiful, afternoon for a serene winter stroll along a semi-frozen creek on my way out to another family holiday gathering. Plenty of blue sky and quietly trickling water.

Categories: garden, nature, seasons

After last night’s 30-degree temperature drop & crazy strong winds, some plants are STILL hanging onto their Fall leaves.

Categories: nature

Not many leaves on the trees anymore after last week’s deep frost.
But those that are still hanging on are definitely making the most of it!

Categories: bike, nature, seasons

Leaves are changing. Leaves are falling.
My favorite month is all too quickly coming to an end.

Categories: artists, nature

You gotta love when random art “installations” pop-up in the middle of nowhere. Like these great piles of stacked rocks along the bike trail on the South Side. I love when someone decides that they want to stop and “play” with some rocks. Making these great little stacks… left behind for people like me to enjoy & appreciate. Thank you… whoever.



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

Bringing a bit of nature’s beauty indoors. White hydrangeas in a stamped & soda-fired vase.


Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Some beautiful irises have been blooming in my front yard garden. Sadly, they’re all nearing the end of their blooming cycle. I think I might need to find some “late bloomers” to extend the iris season next year?! Any suggestions???

And my favorite little Siberian irises that are blooming well for the first time after re-locating them to a new place in the garden last Fall.

And yes, some of these flowers are HUGE!!!… almost as large as my hand!!!


Categories: nature

A perfect day to hang out and relax by the Lake. Simple. Easy. Done.