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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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On Sunday, my daughter and I took part in a workshop building terra cotta
female figures as part of Claude Desjardins' project

Soldiers of Peace

swamprose says:

I like this, of course. Will do a few on my own. Want to make four foot haniwa. Where do I send them? Will read your clicky...nice feel to that workshop.

17th Oct 2006, 03:39

Dhamaka says:

looks great!

17th Oct 2006, 07:17

paintist says:

what a great idea....the look of peace and concentration on these faces...wonderful :-)

17th Oct 2006, 08:31

Viv says:

I should look out for one off workshops I'd like that!

17th Oct 2006, 09:03

factotum says:

I was very tired last night when I posted these photos, so I didn't explain the project very well. Claude Desjardins, a Quebequoise living in British Columbia, recently organized two workshops in Montreal, the later being held in a friend of mine's studio.She is hoping to amass an army of terra cotta soldiers, the peaceful counterpart to the 5,000 of Chinese Emperor Qin's, and she'd like to have them made by men, women and childred around the world. Although Claude was here in person, I think she would like to have other potters set up workshops in other countries. The tecnical requirements are minimal- terra cotta clay, an electric kiln to bisque fire the pieces and ideally a way of smoke firing them afterward. If you're a potter who would like to volunteer, or know a potter who could be volunteered, Claude would love to hear from you through the website or by e-mail
cloddesjardins@hotmail.com
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The North American soldiers will be exhibited en masse at some point, and then exchanged with those from one of the other five continents. Each piece is numbered and its maker recorded, so as the maker of North American soldier number 1-486, I will eventually receive another person's figure
(2 or 3 or 4 or 5 -486). Ending up with a soldier made somewhere else in the world by another person will mean much more to me than making the piece. I think it's a great idea.

By the way, Claude says that the majority of people making soldiers have no experience working with clay.

17th Oct 2006, 13:52

Caine says:

How utterly cool! I wish I wasn't so hopelessly useless when it comes to sculpting.

17th Oct 2006, 17:16

MaggieD says:

This sounds like a wonderful idea ... I will pass it on to the Art Department at school and to a friend at Goldsmiths' College (london) ... I might even have a go myself .....

17th Oct 2006, 17:59

mrs540air says:

Ths is so cool wil pass it on my mother is a scuptor - what a terrific idea

17th Oct 2006, 22:26

factotum says:

I've met Clause only this one time, but I'm sure she would be thrilled that people are passing along information about the workshops. The important thing for her, as I understand it, is to have all sorts of different people, of all different ages, from all different places... not only sculptors and artists, and not only women.
Thank you for the feedback!

18th Oct 2006, 03:42

Euphro says:

That looks like great fun, and what a wonderful idea :)

19th Oct 2006, 12:08