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While typical pottery firings are a rather long, slow process taking a few hours to bring the temperature up and a drawn out cooling process, Raku tends to quickness. Using an insulated 45 gallon steel drum as a kiln with a propane fired tiger torch as the heat provider, it only takes about twenty minutes to raise the temperature up to 1800° F. Then the fun begins as you gingerly lift out the red hot pot with iron tongs, place it on a bed of shredded newspaper and fine wood shavings, which instantly burst into flames, and then cover the still flaming piece with a metal pail to use up the oxygen and reduce the glaze. With luck and magic the dull dried glaze will transform into a glassy multicoloured finish in minutes.



Is This The Serengeti?
Is This The Serengeti?

Not often you get to see giraffes when you’re out for a seaside stroll. This is one of a pair staring out to sea across the mud flats. Obviously someone has too much time on their hands or is in the first stages of an art career or simply  is trying to get rid of the last can of living room paint. Hard to pass by without grabbing a photo.

Feathered Friends

Bird mural
 Birds and Birds

This building was a backdrop for a photo which I entered in one of Cee’s  Photography photo challenges. It was for a construction theme in black and white so a backhoe, stanchions and people partly obscured the view plus of course it was colour challenged. Since there was a request for the colourized version, I went back and waited for the traffic to clear and pedestrians to get out of the way to click off a couple of pics. Didn’t realize until I uploaded the photo that it was another mural by Elizabeth Hollick.   For a previous post I photographed her work on a sidewall of the White Rock playhouse.

Blue Frog

Blue Frog Studios

Took me almost 4 months to snap a photo of this mural – not that I hang out there 24/7 – but because as a  parking area, there are almost always cars blocking the view. My initial idea was to run over at sunup, however I usually forgot and besides coffee time takes precedence.  Couple of months ago I almost snagged it. Camera was at the ready. And then a vehicle pulled in and parked dead centre. Two or three days ago as I was about to walk by, taillights suddenly switched on, the lone parked car backed out and turned into the street, so I finally got my chance.

Until I read their webpage, I thought Blue Frog was only a recording studio and didn’t realize they were also a small concert venue for a maximum audience of one hundred.  So we’ll probably be taking a look at upcoming entertainers and head out to a concert one evening.

Attack of the Killer Bees

Eco-sculpture: Bees

One of the many eco-sculptures commissioned by the City of Burnaby, I ran into the giant bees at Barnet Marine Park a few years ago. Quite impressive form of large scale topiary with a wire frame as a support.  Some of them are redone from scratch every year and others can be held in a greenhouse over the winter.  Since my first encounter I’ve run into eagles, bears, cranes, a racing car and a host of animals at different parks while the location of each seems to change from year to year. So if you’re visiting bring along antihistamine just in case.

Grilled on the Steppes

Neon mural
The Mongolie Grill

Since we had to go into town yesterday (Vancouver), it gave me the opportunity to get another neon sign picture for my personal one a day photo challenge for February. Despite the drift away from the old time large installations, there are still quite a few small neons (not counting the ubiquitous ‘Open’ ones) hanging in retail windows. This restaurant has been on the corner of Broadway and Cambie for quite a few years, but I never have partaken of the food. Not sure why not. Maybe because you have to run back and forth to have your meal cooked at a central grill which makes me think I have to do all the work and still pay out money – a concept I can’t grasp. I usually take shots of any murals I run across, so this was a double hit and rather unusual having the combination.  Nice to have the mural along with the neon and not to have to deal with storefront glass reflections.

Back Lane Mural

Hidden Horses

Waiting for an oil change at a dealership – a lesson in how to turn a 15 minute job into an hour of boredom – I decided to go for a walk. After wandering aimlessly for over 45 minutes I spotted this mural, about 60′ x 18′,  painted on the side of a body shop which faces a back alley more or less.  Not being able to back up far enough due to another wall behind me, I was unable to capture the entire scene so I settled for the best parts according to me.  The mural may have been more visible before the auto mall was built,  but now even driving down the lane it is not easy to see. Too bad it has become hidden away.

Gyaana and Ka’kan

Totem Poles
Gyaana and Ka’kan

Hard to miss the East Beach totem poles from either the road or the beach. They were commissioned in 1998 and placed in 1999 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and were a gift from the White Rock RCMP detachment. An excellent spot to survey the ocean, watch people passing by below on the promenade or contemplate the bigger picture while relaxing on the stone benches.

The Whaling Wall IV

Whale Photo
Whaling Wall IV

Another large piece of mural art I can remember watching as the work progressed.  At the time, I knew Wyland had painted previous walls and this one was the fourth;  however, until I researched for this photo I did not realize he had the ambition to complete 100 murals about whales. The final work was completed in 2008 at Chaoyang Park in Beijing, China.

Artist Plaque
Artist Plaque