Makituk Pingwartuk – Bird

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This bird was made by Cape Dorset artist Makituk Pingwartuk while a student of ceramics at Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC. It is the size of a larger mug.  The base is open and it is hollow. The bird is not signed, though the glaze has run to a thick rim near the base and might have obscured a signature.

  • Length (height – head to toe) – 5 ½ inches (~14 cm)
  • Width (wing to wing) – 3 ¼ inches (~8 cm)
  • Thickness (anterior to posterior) – 3 inches (~7.5 cm)

This is part of a series that details the collection of my wife’s family, made while they too lived in Nelson and were friends with Makituk.

More information about Makituk and this collection can be found in my initial post in this series, at this link.


MV Rhododendron


This is a former Washington State Ferry, the MV Rhododendron, named for the state flower.

She is now a support vessel for an oyster farming group on the east coast of Vancouver Island where I saw her a few weeks ago.

I was reminded of the surprise I felt to see the former BC Ferry Queen of Tsawwassen in Toba Inlet a couple of years ago.

I wrote about that encounter here.


Makituk Pingwartuk – Seal

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This seal is the largest of the three that is in our family, but is still quite small – it sits comfortably in the hand. There is some indication, especially around the neck,  that the shape was wheel thrown and then sculpted from there. However, the ridges in the neck area might represent wrinkles of the seal and not be the throwing marks. The hole for venting hot gasses during firing (and to prevent fractures and explosions) is in the mouth.

The base is signed with “M.P.“. There is possibly some syllabic writing beneath her initials, but these may just be tool marks.

  • Length  (nose to tail) – 6 3/8” (~16 cm)
  • Height (ventral to dorsal) – 2 ¾” (~7 cm)
  • Width (left to right) – 2 ¾” (~7 cm)

This is part of a series that details the collection of my wife’s family, made while they too lived in Nelson and were friends with Makituk.


Through a Grubby Glass XV



This was shot at the same time as my through a grubby glass series that I posted a few weeks ago.

This is my granddaughter, who was inside the bus with her friend the subject of the other posts.

She did show up in some of the photos too – this one I like the most, today anyway.

The grubby-glass series can be seen at this link.



Long Exposure and WordPress Reblogging Bug


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Here is my Week 28 post from 52Rolls with yet more storm drain photos, and a gripe about a bug in the imperfect reblogging feature that WordPress offers members.

Originally posted on 52 rolls:


A few months ago I received some parts for the Mamiya M645 Super that allow me to take longer exposures. The crucial piece was an adapter for a normal cable release. But I did not find a chance until a few weeks ago to give it a try. My apologies for having the same subject on three rolls in a row (not to mention many others). It is the way it has worked out recently. I do have some shots that are completely different places coming up, I promise!

I used a roll of expired Ilford XP2 400 for these tests, as well as a Cameron Fader ND filter set at various densities up to the maximum 6 or 7 f-stops. I can’t remember the exposure times, though the longest was about 30 seconds and the shortest a couple of seconds.

These shots were made at the same time as some of those on my week 26…

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Makituk Pingwartuk – Ice Floe Walruses

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In an earlier post (link) I described my interest in the ceramic sculptures of Inuit artist Makituk Pingwartuk. In that post you can find information about the sculptures, a bit about Makituk Pingwartuk, and a list of pieces that I will be featuring in my blog, with links to them as they are published. All the pieces featured here are in the collection of my wife’s family.

This piece is ice floes with four walruses amongst the floating ice. I show various views and details as well as the base. It is not signed.  Its dimensions are:

  • Length – 7 ½” (~19 cm)
  • Width – 6 ½” (~16 cm)
  • Thickness – 1” (~2.5 cm)

This is part of a series that details the collection of my wife’s family, made while they too lived in Nelson and were friends with Makituk who was studying ceramics at Kootenay School of Art.


Nils Adventures On


I was photographing the tree shadows on the wall when this appeared.

I lunged for the window but was too late to catch direct sight of Nils on his goose.

Even so, I am taking this as proof that Nils’ adventures carry on, even if far from Sweden.



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