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

A beautiful day for riding, with some beautiful flora along the way… and some fauna too!
We saw lot of Nature along the way, some beautiful flowers, a groovy espalier…
and about sixteen deer along the way!!!

Categories: nature, photography

Beautiful blue skies. Beautiful vista over the lake.
Panoramic photo needed to capture the beauty!

Categories: nature, photography, sunrise

Big sunrise sky-shows require big sunrise photos!!!
And this morning had one of them!!!

Categories: nature

Mist-covered spiderwebs along the harbor fence yesterday…
dripping droplets of water glistening along the spider’s stringy web.



Categories: flowers, nature

Beautiful Spring flowers this morning along the bike trail.
Striking flower spikes blossoming on the red horse chestnut trees.

Categories: flowers, friends, nature, photography

Spent the weekend down in Bartonville (near Peoria) visiting some good friends & playing in their amazing garden with my Cousin Kim! It’s just enough warmer down there that they are easily a few weeks ahead of us. So many Spring flowers already blooming in their amazing garden! Full of colors, textures and a bunch of wonderful rust pieces!!!

Categories: nature, textures

Natural textures along the lakefront.

Categories: food, nature

Just a month ago… hey, but who’s counting?…
After a fun weekend of NCECA, gallery hopping with Sarah, fun on the farm and hanging with friends, it was finally time to head home. Luckily, it was a beautiful Sunday morning. The sky was blue, plenty of sun, some remnants of snow… and a LOT of songs to sing on my way home!

Okay, so maybe I got “distracted” along the way…
I had mentioned that I’m a BIG FAN of the Norske Nook for pie! And Delores said that she thinks that Main Street Cafe in Bloomer, Wisconsin is just as good or better. And who am I not to check it out???

Back on the road… back to nature’s beauty…. back to my own carpool karaoke!!!

But then again… distracted… you know it’s my favorite!!!
Sure, Delores said Main Street Cafe was just as good or better… and who am I NOT to try a side-by-side taste-test comparison??? So I just “had to” stop to pick-up yet another pie!!! Purely for research purposes.

Back on the road… and eager to get home.
If nothing else, just to find a fork and to let the “research” begin!!!

A beautiful end to a beautiful weekend. Another NCECA Weekend come and gone…



Categories: creativity, nature, sunset

After touring the farm and chatting with friends, we decided to head out for dinner… to where else?... a Wisconsin Supper Club. Well, kind of a bar… kind of a restaurant... definitely in the middle of nowhere! But gorgeous!!!

As we’re siting at our table, it was tough to focus on the menu as the sunset just kept getting better & better. So glad we figured out how to get here with the GPS… I just hope we can figure out how to get back home to the farm  when it’s pitch black out there?!!!

Okay, one more thing… For some strange reason, the ceiling fo the restaurant was covered with dollar bills stapled cverywhere. No reason. No explanation. And I kinda liked that. Sure we could have asked… but it was kind of more fun to keep it a mystery!

Categories: nature, sunset, travel

Okay, so I always hate to post too much while I’m out-of-town away from my place. So I wait until I get back to post… but sometimes life gets in the way, and those posts just get put-off & put-off… and soon enough, it’s almost a week later?!!! Or in this case, a FULL MONTH later!!! Oh well… still had fun, still have photos & still have stories to share!

So I drove up to Minneapolis on Wednesday 3/27 after a full day of work.
It was a long drive by myself, but a lot of “pretty” along the way! Always nice to be treated
to a nice sunset as you’re driving… and taking a few photos along the way!

And then the sun went down, and I still had a couple hours to go…
with nothing fun or beautiful to watch along the way.
Luckily I found a little sumthin’-sumthin’ that helped pass the time!