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

Woke up this morning in a winter wonderland. A beautiful covering of snow everywhere… a beautiful excuse to go for a long winter walk along the lake. Sure, I’d rather be biking… but we haven’t had dry streets or an actual sunrise for SO long now!!! Just gray, gray, gray… and now some snow as a wonderful accent!

Categories: art fair, photography, pottery, soda-fired, textures

Still playing & photographing a LOT of pottery today… getting ready for tomorrow’s big CYBER MONDAY online pottery event!!! I’ll be posting over a hundred pieces online perfect for holiday gift giving… to friends, family or yourself!!! It’s been a tough year… we all deserve a few gifts, right?!

Watch for more details coming soon!!!

Categories: photography, sunrise

Big sky. Big colors. Big photo… BIG FUN!

Categories: photography, pottery

Spending some time today shooting more pottery photos… getting ready for CYBER MONDAY with a huge update for online sales! To be followed by some extra “fun” on my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page to kick-off my “Twelve Days of Christmas”!!!

More details to come… start making your holiday shopping list now!

Categories: photography, sunrise

Big sky. Big clouds. Big colors… all need a big photo!!!

Categories: creativity, inspiration, photography

Celebrating a little “Snail Mail Monday” with my newest postcards from THE POSTCARD CLUB. Another grouping of beautiful photo cards to send out the old-school way! If you like getting & sending actual mail & saying “Hi” to good friends… check ’em out.

Click here for THE POSTCARD CLUB!

Categories: color, nature, photography

You gotta love the fantastic colors that magically appear
during the Autumn season.

Categories: nature, photography, sunrise

What a difference a little “focus” can make!

Categories: flowers, nature, photography

The weather this week has been AMAZING!
So who could “blame me” for taking another day off to play hooky?!

I decided today to check out another one of our beautiful Illinois State Parks… by heading up to Moraine Hills State Park pretty far up in the north-eastern-most corner of Illinois. The Fall colors were pretty great, an incredible blue sky, perfect temps… and practically no one was there!!!

I did all three loops of the park and maybe passed a dozen people all day. I saw more sandhill cranes, snowy egrets & great blue herons than people… oh yeah, and two snakes!!!

Categories: bike, photography, sunrise

Another hazy-foggy start with the marine layer delaying the sun’s appearance. Well worth the wait… as a big red ball appeared, and then “bounced” on reflected ripples.