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

It’s a beautiful snow-covered day in Chicago! Looking out my kitchen window to see my back porch “curtain” of rusty gears under a new blanket of snow! A good day to go hiking through the snow… or to curl up under a blanket on the sofa! Either way, enjoy the snowy day!!!

Categories: rusty, textures

You know how much I LOVE rusty metal…
so it’s perfect for another TEXTURE TUESDAY!

Categories: flowers, garden, rusty

The vines growing on my back porch are coming along nicely. They’re purple hyacinth bean vines that are climbing up my hanging “curtain” of rusty gears. Soon they should start shooting out some purple flowers… to be followed by glossy purple seed pods! Can’t wait…

Categories: flowers, rusty

So excited to see my purple hyacinth bean vines climbing up on my back porch! They’re off to a good start. I love how they quickly wrap & grow up things like my rusted metal “curtain” of gears! I love how the leaves appear to float by themselves – and then the flowers will come later in the Summer, followed by wonderful purple bean pods in the Fall! Which of course I’ll save so I can re-plant the seeds and start again next year!

Categories: rusty, textures

Rusted textures & patterns with an assortment of manhole covers through the neighborhood.

Categories: rusty

Rusty details… structure behind the rocks to help keep the lakefront in the same place. A little rusted anti-erosion plan!

Categories: rusty

Well, THIS can’t be good. Sure the sunrise was beautiful… but this was a surprising “find” along the way… with a burnt rubber stench! A new & unique kind of “roadkill” for my morning bike ride! Just hoping everyone was okay… and pretty glad that it wasn’t MINE!!!


Categories: friends, garden, rusty

Gotta love a good collection. I always love to see what people collect and how they display them. Like this amazing collection of vintage pulleys hanging on the garden trellis railing in Gerry & Rosene’s back yard. And you know… rusty metal & weathered wood. What’s not to like?!!!

Categories: rusty

One of the “benefits” of Farm Day is all of the great rusty metal all around… old tools, old barns… and these amazing twisted, mangled and rusted culvert pipes!!! Gotta love the rust!!!


Categories: creativity, rusty

Oh, the things you find at the Flea Market…
cool things, vintage things, dusty things and all the things nightmares are made of!!! Too much fun yesterday at the Third Sunday Flea Market in Bloomington, Illinois.