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

What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday was blue skies & bare trees. Today it’s gray clouds & snow-covered.
Winter in Chicago… still beautiful either way, either day!


Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped, weather

Kicking back enjoying a quiet, white, snowy day for another Mugshot Monday!
Looks like I might need to make some hot chocolate while my new Roomba
is making its maiden voyage around my place! Just a little Christmas Gift to myself…
as I had completely worked my previous Roomba to death!!!

Categories: weather

Urban lines in the morning sky.

Categories: nature, weather

Frozen puddles, frozen ripples.
I love how the shallow puddles along the lakefront have frozen with the ripples
& leaves still in place. Perfectly natural textures & patterns!

Categories: seasons, weather

Another day of October Snow!!!… good thing that this can’t go another day!
Well, snow maybe… but not October!!!

And here I thought the leaves were supposed to fall off BEFORE the snow?! Silly me.


Categories: animals, Chicago, weather

Blue skies. Clear skies… and a couple geese! Could it get any more BEAUTIFUL?!!!


Categories: Chicago, weather

With a hazy-foggy start to the day… the skyline was engulfed in fog & dappled clouds.

Categories: bike, nature, weather

So yesterday we set-out for a long bike ride through the rural farms of the far West suburbs of Chicago. It was a very HOT & sweaty day… 80 miles in over 80-degrees… with lots of rolling hills, blue skies and beautiful barns.


Somewhere along the way, the storm clouds moved in, the radar alert system was ringing our phones and we needed to find shelter quick. We rolled into Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles… and ducked under a big party tent from a wedding the day before.

My friend Chris advised that under the tent was not the best idea…
but the sky opened up and the deluge began!!!

About a minute later, the winds kicked in and ripped the tent right out of the ground, flopping in the breeze as we ran indoors for safety! We were dripping wet… safe… laughing… and that effectively cancelled the last fifteen miles or so of our ride!

Thanks to Beckie’s husband Jim for driving over to “save us” from the storm!



Categories: bike, Chicago, weather

After teaching Summer Camp yesterday, I got to sneak in a quick 36-mile bike ride before coming back to teach my night class. You know I “had to” take advantage of the nice weather… as the next few days don’t look so good. Very cool to see that one big cloud hanging low & hovering amidst the Chicago Skyline.

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.