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

Dramatic clouds sweeping the horizon.
Perfect for a panoramic photo or two!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Another unseasonable perfect sunrise bike ride with a full range of colors!!! Loving this “extension of Summer”… for the rain moves in tonight and the temps are expected to fall back to “normal” Fall weather.


Categories: tiles

So does any one else find it slightly ironic that the mural
outside of the Chicago Mosaic School is NOT in fact a mosaic?! Odd, right?

I’ve ridden my bike past this corner for quite some time. I’ve seen this mural both coming & going. I’ve always thought it was a beautiful mosaic gracing our neighborhood. It wasn’t until I stopped by today to take a few photos that I realized it was a painting!!! Little swatches of square colors. Just like tiles. But NOT tiles!!! So much for a cool mosaic, huh???

Now don’t get me wrong, I still love it. The style, the colors, the neighborhood artwork.

After the realization that it was a faux mosaic, I turned the corner and found the “real” one. This appears to be the “prototype” mosaic that inspired the mural. It’s not very large. The tiles are pretty small. So now I guess I understand why they painted the wall instead of trying to fill it with SO MANY tiny tiles.

Categories: flowers, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Okay, so I don’t drink coffee… or even tea…
so I’m always looking for new ways to use my mugs. So here’s a fun floral alternative.


Categories: bike, sunrise

So not every sunrise is stellar. Some are just too cloudy. But when you’re riding the first fifteen miles or so in complete darkness, you don’t really notice how cloudy it is!!!

And then this happened…

Categories: artists, nature

You gotta love when random art “installations” pop-up in the middle of nowhere. Like these great piles of stacked rocks along the bike trail on the South Side. I love when someone decides that they want to stop and “play” with some rocks. Making these great little stacks… left behind for people like me to enjoy & appreciate. Thank you… whoever.



Categories: seasons

Now bring on the pumpkins, the pumpkin pie, the pumpkin spice everything!!!

And does anyone else remember when pumpkins were only orange???
We’ve come so far…



Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Hard to believe it is already October?! How did that happen so fast? I still like to “think” that it’s Summer… but the cold weather & strong winds definitely say Fall.

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped, stamps, textures

Spent the nigh stamping mugs in the studio. I threw the cylinders yesterday and kept them covered overnight. They were still a smidge too wet… but I unwrapped them today and gave them a few more minutes to set up before stamping.

Categories: stamps, studio, tools

So many stamps, so little time…
and never enough pots to use them all.
This is less than a third of my stamp collection.