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

A warm & humid start to the day, with layered clouds brightening the sky…
and a beautiful ride down to the South Side and back.

And a fun, sunrise-watching sculpture on the South Side by Tom Friedman.

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Categories: sculpture, summer camp, terra cotta

And of course we needed a demo piece to show the kids how to build little three-dimensional “Chess-sculptures.” And what dragon wouldn’t want to be sitting on top of a brick turret while breathing fire?!

Categories: sculpture, summer camp, terra cotta

It was a fast week of making Chess Sets with my Summer Camp kids this week. Right up until the deadline, they were painting, detailing and cleaning up. And by the “closing bell,” every camper had finished their chess set. And with that ends another week of Summer Camp!

Categories: sculpture, summer camp, terra cotta

So we’re in the middle of Chess Camp, and one of my kids is “struggling” with focus, attention and generally being “able” to make the chess pieces we’ve all been working on. And then all of a sudden out of nowhere, in about 5 minutes, he cranks out this adorable lizard!!! A bit too large for a chess piece, and nothing to do with his theme, but an amazing piece of kid’s sculpture!!!

Let’s just say “the jig is up” and I’m onto his game.
He OBVIOUSLY is “able” to make things… now if he could just focus?!

Categories: artists, sculpture

There’s a new “inhabitant” looming along the lakefront. A large bronze sculpture by Thomas Houseago between Foster & Bryn Mawr. A little eerie this early in the morning…

And that’s quite some “vertebrae” of rebar armature on the backside!

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Categories: artists, sculpture

Always fun to find new artworks dotting the Lakefront Bike Trail. Like this whimsically enormous guy gazing up to the skies down on the South Side clad in stainless steel of all kinds. If you look closely, you’ll find cookie sheets, muffin tins and so many more wonderful finds!!! Well done Tom Friedman!

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Categories: sculpture

Wonderful & “hand”some gazing ball sculpture in Berger Park. I’ve ridden through the park many times over the years… and yet today was the first time I ever noticed this wonderful piece of art.

Categories: sculpture

So our bike ride along the Lakefront was a LOT less flooded. Blue skies, a bit of wind and a LOT of sweat!!! Great fun pedaling with Chris… and admiring some art & sculptures along the way! This beauty is just a block or so north of the South Shore Country Club.

Categories: creativity, sculpture

Down on the south side of the bike trail, just north of Promontory Point, there’s this wonderfully large sculpture along side the lake. Constructed of steel tubing and plastic water bottles! Fits in perfectly with the moody misty morning sky.

Categories: artists, sculpture

On my ride home from the 57th Street Art Fair, I found these wonderful sculptures along the lakefront bike trail. Three large pieces by sculptor Alice Aycock. Fun sculptures are always a great addition to an already beautiful lakefront.