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

Riding through rural farms in the early morning sun.
An assortment of wheat & seagrass in the morning fog for some amber waves of grain.

Categories: nature

The Port Mahon pier may be a beautiful photo-op for me…
but you definitely have to watch your step!

Categories: nature

As mini windblown “sand dunes” creep onto the bike trail…
it’s always fun to see footprints in the sand.

Sure, sometimes it’s full-blown tire tracks & treads?!! Still cool.

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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!!!

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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.

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