Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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While we were at the Morgan Farm, Chris was busy making a new friend!
Getting down & dirty with a fine swine!

 

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At one point along our ride we were down by the Lakefront… and we just had to laugh.
We weren’t LOST, but it sure felt like we had found one of the hatches
from the Dharma Initiative!!! Too funny!

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And now that my reclaim bucket was empty & clean, I decided to smash-up some dried porcelain scraps that I brought back from a potter friend in Minneapolis.

Lots of bags, lots of scraps… and some larger pieces than I would have expected?!
Just gotta break ‘em down a little harder!!!

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So then THIS happened… caught between a rock and a hard space!
Well, literally a table and metal ledge. Ouch.
But it’s only throbbing a little… it’ll be fine!!!

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Luckily, by the time I finished throwing all of these flower pots, the first few were already stiffening up enough to do some stamping! So with some careful timing & a delicate touch, I slowly went through and stamped all of the pots. Thrown & stamped in one day!!! Sweet…. not a bad day in the studio!!!

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The first night of my pottery class this session we made some new clay stamps. They’re back from the bisque firing… and it was so much fun to see Grace using her new stamps last night to make this beautiful pattern on the bottom of her oval piece. A wonderful texture by my little stamping prodigy. Let the addiction begin…

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Another Christmas gift returned… Sad news of George Michael’s passing. From one of the few who can claim that they saw “WHAM” live at Poplar Creek in the 80′s!!!

Click here for the official video of “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” on YouTube.

But then he put away the flash & neon of The Eighties… and really proved he could sing!
Despite his personal demons, addictions and legal entanglements, he became an amazing songwriter & artist. He leaves behind quite the legacy. He will be missed. His voice silenced.

Click here for the official video for “Careless Whisper” on YouTube.

 

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Sure, many might have taken today as a pre-race “rest day.” But then I would have missed the incredible sunrise this morning. No dice… I have priorities.

 

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During the tour we heard lots of birds chirping. At least we thought they were birds. That was until someone else told us that sweet chirping sound was actually being made by tree frogs!!! What?… we urban Chicagoans don’t know much about tree frogs?!!!

Intrigued… we set out on finding the source of the sound.
Can you spot it hiding in Bob Briscoe’s wood pile?