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

My morning under a sheet of ice… as seen through my frozen windshield.
Looks like someone’s gonna be scraping… and late!!!

Categories: friends, mugs, weather

So what better place to be than curled up in front of the fireplace with some hot cocoa in a stamped handmade mug. Looks familiar. Thanks to my buddy Pammy for showing off how she spent her afternoon!

Categories: weather

I know it was crazy hot & humid in Chicago this weekend…
but good god man, this is ridiculous!!! The posted temp this morning!!!

Categories: nature, photography, weather

The weather was SPECTACULAR today!!!
Some may even go as far as saying that it was HOT?!!!
The blue skies, high temps and cool breeze made it perfect for touring the Minnesota countryside on the quest for pottery.

Categories: Chicago, nature, weather

Soon enough the sphere at Chicago’s Solder Field will again be covered with vines.
But on another cold & rainy day… not so much.

Categories: bike, nature, weather

Another beautiful day. Another wonderful bike ride.
Another great excuse for putting off my taxes for one more day.


Categories: Chicago, flowers, nature, seasons, weather

Looks like the Spring flowers weren’t too happy about the snow either. We’ve got some droopy daffodils this morning. At least the clear blue skies & bright sunshine make it all a bit more bearable… and beautiful.

Welcome to Spring in Chicago!!!

Categories: Chicago, seasons, weather

I must admit I was a little surprised and taken aback this morning by the surprise snowstorm overnight. My mind has already shifted to Spring mode… and not snow! And not just snow, but a fun crusty layer of ice underneath. Guess I need to pull the ice scraper back out?!

Categories: family, weather

After a beautiful sunrise, followed by some Lake Effect snow, I went out to the Kane County Flea Market with my cousin Kim and friends Gerry & Rosene. We were faced with crazy gale force winds, blizzard-like white-outs, moments of sun, followed by hail, then more wind and more SNOW!!!

What’s going on?…. well at least we all found some great rusty “treasures”!!! My cousin Kim had just about had enough of the cold weather… while I found it QUITE entertaining!!! So crazy… on, off, snow, sun, clouds, wind, on, off, etc.

Categories: bike, sunrise, weather

A bit warmer today, but also a LOT windier.
Crazy gusty winds along the lakefront… especially blowing between the building!!!
Plenty of clouds blowing through and changing very quickly this morning.
Plus some really great frozen walls near Montrose Harbor.

I was just getting ready to pedal home… thinking that there were too many clouds to have a good sunrise. But then… there was a parting in the clouds, and some of them started to change colors.

And then… out of nowhere, the clouds scattered and became little puff balls. Tons of them!!! All over the place. The blue sky was gorgeous with the contrasting white clouds.

Blue skies, puffy white clouds… and some wonderful tree silhouettes.

But then, as the sun continued to rise and go behind the clouds, the sky took on a more ominous tone. And made the lamp post appear as though it were still shining!!!

So I tried to pedal home… but the sky just kept getting better and better.
More clouds. More sunrise effects. More morning silhouettes.

More blue skies and glorious sunrise moment.

So glad I stuck it out in the blustery wind for a beautiful moment like this!