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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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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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A tomato contemplates its reflection in the glaze of a ceramic jug...

nige says:

ah, you made (the jug, not the tomato)?

22nd Sep 2007, 00:55

Dhamaka says:

this is a lovely series
and the jug looks fantastic

22nd Sep 2007, 00:59

540air says:

That is a lovely jug, did you make it?

Love the colour differences on the tomato and jug in the first two.

22nd Sep 2007, 01:05

Caine says:

Beautiful shots, and a beautiful jug.

22nd Sep 2007, 01:24

swamprose says:

hey, that's a fine jug. to hell with the tomato.

22nd Sep 2007, 02:45

JokerXL says:

Beautiful piece of work!

22nd Sep 2007, 05:54

Jig along says:

Nice series. I wonder what happen to that tomatoe in the third jug (as I go to the garden looking for one :)

22nd Sep 2007, 06:45

factotum says:

Yes, this is a coiled jug that I made quite a while ago but just got around to glazing. I've been taking photos to supplement my written glaze notes and stuck in the tomato, borrowed from my studio mate's lunch, in as an indication of scale.
Usually I don't like my glazes too shiny because they detract from the forms, but I did like the reflections in this photo, with light pouring in through a window.The photo makes the jug look glossier than it really is.

23rd Sep 2007, 00:27

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23rd Sep 2007, 12:29