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

So yesterday turned out to be so much better than expected. Blue skies… and none of the rain predicted. A beautiful surprise for Day One of the SCHAUMBURG PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL. Not a bad view from the back of my tent.

However… if you’re looking for me in my “usual” spot… I’m not there!!! They basically closed the grassy park Friday and moved all of us artists onto the non-squishy pavement. So c’mon down to parking lot for more pottery today from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: flowers, seasons, weather

It’s April… mere days away from May… and then THIS happened today?!
What?… snow again?! I thought we were done with this stuff.

Looks like someone at Lillstreet jumped the gun with their flowers?!
But then again, who would ever expect now this late in April?!

Categories: bike, Chicago, weather

As the temperature soared into the upper 70’s this afternoon, it was the perfect chance to hop on my bike and play hooky for the afternoon! Squeezed it in before teaching class tonight… which was good as the temperature also plummeted about thirty degrees this evening!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, seasons, weather

Just because it’s a big snowy mess outside… doesn’t mean that it isn’t still beautiful. It’s just pretty with an oddly slush-covered layer of mid-Spring snow on top of the pretty!!! No worries… it’ll melt… and maybe Spring will eventually get here for real?! Maybe…

Categories: weather

And the snow just kept coming down… heavy slushy snow!!!
They do know it’s the middle of April, right?!!

Categories: weather

Considering today was “supposed” to be our first official organized bike ride… not too excited about seeing this snow on my windshield. Needless to say, the ride was cancelled as this was only the start of the incoming snow!!!

Categories: seasons, weather

A frosted start to the morning.


Categories: nature, weather

And just when I thought the snow was beautiful in Chicago, I get this photo from two of my pottery students currently in Joshua Tree, California. Thank you Jon & Patti for making our Chicago snow “not-so-pretty” real fast.

Your snow is STUNNING!!!
You win!

Categories: textures, weather

A beautiful layer of light fluffy snow this morning!

Loving the contrasts of color, texture & positive-negative spaces!

Categories: nature, weather

Evergreen encased in ice this morning…
along with everything else shimmering, shining & frozen!