The Ogopogo & A Trip by the Sea

Raku Vase - Ogopogo

It was a busy weekend for us here at the Alchemist’s Studio, including a day trip by the sea, some work on the studio and a raku firing!

Maybe our seaside voyage inspired this latest piece called Ogopogo!

The Ogopogo, also known as N’ha-a-itk (Salish), is reported to live in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada. Ogopogo is commonly described as a 40 – 50 foot long sea monster resembling the extinct Basilosaurus.

The First Nations people thought N’ha-a-itk was a water spirit, rather than a literal monster. You can see more images of this vase here and learn more about the Ogopogo. You can also see more vases and read there stories here!

This weekend I also spent sometime visiting one of the many beautiful beaches here on the East Coast. Words can not adequately describe the beauty of our shores.

This summer I have been encountering many eagles, both on my road trip adventures and close to home. I have finally managed to capture one on film in this photo.

It almost feels like they are watching over me, after a rough start to my year.

We also stopped at one of the great antiquing spots, where I picked up this new to me privacy screen for the studio. It was a great deal and completely quirky and oddly beautiful!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. What do you think about my new raku vase and privacy screen?

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    1. It is incredible to spot Eagles. This summer I have come across them more times than I can count, which is unusual, but I am not complaining. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words! Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to visit and highly recommend it! I hope you have a great day!

    1. That sounds like a very happy memory for you! Did you see a replica Ogopogo, or was this an actual sighting in the lake?

    1. Thank you for your kind words, the texture and long neck inspired me and made me think of the Ogopogo.

    1. Thank you so much! I am really excited I found that screen and I was excited that it was priced quite affordably! How was your weekend? We had a long weekend here in Canada πŸ˜‰ I was able to get some work done inside the studio.

  1. That vase is beautiful, I love the texture! And how lucky to capture the mighty eagle on camera. I really like that screen, it must be fascinating to study the artwork πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. The eagle was quite the sight flying over us on the beach! That screen is a very fascinating piece. It seems naive and skilled at the same time πŸ˜‰ I hope you are having a wonderful start to your week.

  2. I love the vase, another masterpiece, my friend. The screen is beautiful! My husband and I found a couple of delightful fireplace screens at an antique store. We love to go antiquing! Have a great week ahead!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Eugenia! That screen was such a spectacular piece I could not walk away from it. I saw a couple beautiful fireplace screens out and about as well. The work that people put into things long ago is quite spectacular and amazes when compared to what is sold today. Hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

    1. Hopefully you get the chance to travel soon! So many beautiful places in our world to see! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  3. The vase is amazing. Love the subtle colors and texture. And the screen! It made me realize I need a screen to shelter my corner of the basement–where I create–from the rest of the storage and workshop area.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment about the vase! I hope you can find an amazing screen of your own. I used to be in my basement too for my creative pursuits, and at one point I used a sheet to block off the view of all the items being stored and such. I hope you are having a great weekend.

  4. Good morning, this blog post is full with interesting information & pictures. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us, especially the one with the eagle. The vasa & privacy screen are unique & beautiful as well. I would like to thank you for liking my latest blog post β€œMagnetized by Good Deeds Pearl πŸ§²β†•οΈβ€. It meant so much to me. Have a lovely day 🌸

    1. You are very welcome and thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my post. It is so encouraging to connect with other people in the wordpress world! I hope you are having a great weekend.

    1. Thank you! I was pretty excited when I found it! I would love to find out more about who made it!

      1. You’re welcome, I’m glad you found it too πŸ™‚It’s lovely, it reminds me of the Italian frescoes of Renaissance masterpieces.

    1. I know absolutely nothing about it’s origin! The screen was purchased at an antique shop that has many different vendors who are not actually on site. I would love to find out more about it! I may have to ask the clerk if she can get in touch with the vendor.

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