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

So I had to go downtown to renew my Driver’s License today. As I was leaving I noticed the Farmer’s Market across the street at Daley Plaza. So I just “had to” stop by for some Fall fun at the Farmer’s Market. Who doesn’t like fresh vegetables, colorful flowers, LOTS of pumpkins & gourds… and “quite possibly” some pies, cookies and other yummy baked goods!!!

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Categories: bike, flowers, nature

A beautiful day for “playing hooky” and pedaling north. Nothing better than a quick stop off at a small, secluded little stretch of beachfront to dip your toes in the water!

Categories: flowers, nature

Nature at its finest after the morning’s rain.

Categories: Chicago, nature

Wicker Park. Just one of the many beautiful parks in Chicago -
especially with the morning sun hitting the fountain just right.
Okay, so “maybe” this park has a few too many pigeons,
unless someone has taught them how to read???

Categories: nature, weather

After the rain at Ravinia, it was nice to have clouded skies WITHOUT the rain today! A moment of free-time to hangout on my bike along the lakefront… and taking a quick break at Montrose Harbor.

 

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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