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

You know I love rusty metal, and good patina here & there. Let alone the stunning craftsmanship on so many of the doors of the monuments & mausoleums at the cemetery yesterday! So yes, yesterday was beautiful day for some visual inspiration!!!

Categories: architecture

While getting out yesterday to enjoy the great weather… and still looking for new “destinations” while the Lakefront is closed… I pedaled north and spent some time “self-isolating” at a beautiful old cemetery. Not a lot of people moving around there… easy to stay safe & to myself.

Though not into the “religion” of it all… I am intrigued by the architecture, the design, the craftsmanship, the names & dates, the rituals … and the oddness of actually “enjoying” some quiet time visiting a cemetery?!

Coincidentally, when I tutored first grade for ten years during “my corporate days”… I taught at the John B. Murphy School in Chicago! And here he is!!!

And here’s the COMISKEY mausoleum… as in Comiskey Park where the Chicago White Sox still play baseball. Sure, it might be called something else now, but it will always be Comiskey Park to me!

Categories: friends, mugs, tiles

Looks like one on this week’s MUG-SHOP MONDAY mugs has arrived safe & sound! Just in time to brighten another Saturday of “sheltering-at-home”!!! Thanks again Julie!

Categories: Uncategorized
Categories: architecture, creativity, inspiration

With the Lakefront Bike Trail still shut-down, I’ve been going in the other direction! Yesterday I made my way up north through a maze of side streets to get to The Bahai Temple. I don’t know much about the faith, but I will say that I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Chicagoland area! With over-the-top ornate design on every surface… they don’t make them like this any more!

And I apologize in advance… there are a LOT of photos in the Photo Album. I edited it down as far as I could… but the building is gorgeous from every angle, every frame, every detail.

But this was yesterday’s bike ride destination…
still self-isolating… still riding by myself.

And if you look at the photos, there were only TWO other people on the property while I was there! CAN YOU FIND THEM IN THE PHOTOS??? They’re there somewhere!

Categories: creativity

Crazy times call for crazy measures…
and you know I’ve got a few extra bandanas leftover from our blindfolded-throwing challenge!!! So these may not be truly HEPA-filter approved, but they would still be better than nothing when you’re venturing out. Easy to wash in the laundry too! Kinda looks like it’s just a bandana and two hair bands… or maybe rubber bands for those of us with less hair to deal with?

Click here to watch the video on Facebook!

Categories: cirque du soleil

Well, it’s finally Friday!!!… so we made it through another week of this craziness. To celebrate, or at least create a short diversion for awhile… the folks at Cirque du Soleil have posted another video special to help us pass the time. This week it’s clips from AMALUNA, BAZAAR and VOLTA.

Two out of three for me… I just haven’t had a chance to see BAZAAR anywhere live?!

Click here to watch the Cirque du Soleil special on Facebook.

Categories: clay, porcelain, process, studio

You know I LOVE TIE-DYEbut this is a little crazy!!!

It’s not actually tie-dye, it’s just another bag of my reclaimed porcelain clay! It’s been sitting around in my studio for quite awhile. And the sides that were facing outwards to the light grew this wonderfully green “algae” of sorts. Luckily, it’s just a bit of wedging before it’s all good to go again! And since we already have face masks… no worries!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like my friend Marsha is kicking off her day with a beautifully healthy fruit salad… even tastier when served in one of my handmade stamped bowls.

Also… be sure to check out Marsha’s pottery on Instagram with some beautiful glazing effects!

Categories: production

Stamped, trimmed and drying!
Not too shabby after a good afternoon “socially-distant” solo bike ride!!!