Plastic Free July #4

Bagan tyre rubbish bin

Repurposing old tyres for plastic waste in Bagan, Myanmar

Hand made pottery

This photo is for my fellow Marcus Beach Artisan, Michael Wootton, who is exhibiting his spiritual ceramic vessels at our upcoming ‘Expressions’ Exhibition. You would have loved this village Michael.

Yandabo is one of nine villages in Myanmar that make these traditional pots using first a foot-driven wheel, then hand beating the pots into their voluptuous shape. The pots are then fired in the open air. It takes considerable skill to build the wood, straw and dirt oven mounds, ensuring that all the pots reach the necessary firing temperature.

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Betel leaf

What an enticing way to display this vine leaf, in a market at Magwe Myanmar. Betel leaf can be used to wrap foods such as peanuts or shrimps for a nutritious snack, cooked or added to salads. Not to be confused with betel nut which is the fruit of the Areca palm.

Pattern and colour wherever I look.

Thayetmyo (Thayet)

A vestige of colonialism, in Thayetmyo on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River, in the Magway Region, Central Myanmar.

It’s a dogs life in Myanmar

Not long ’til I see little Jimmy again.

Artist at work

On the teak bridge near Mandalay


An offering

A touch of Pipilotti in Yangon

Nobody could resist this unlikely photo opportunity in the very up-market French Restaurant La Planeur in Yangon. Reminded me of sitting in the Pipilloti Rist living room installation at the Musuem of Contemporary Art in Sydney but there was no light show. The restaurant is an elegant place on the lakeside with good food, a shady outdoor eating area and this clever attention grabbing corner.

Potty in Myanmar

The locals laughed when I took a photo of this quirky garden pot at a coffee stop on the road from Yangon to Pyey. The spacious courtyard garden had some lovely touches.