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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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Snapshots in the studio
3rd May 2010, 03:23  

Dhamaka says:

the first and last three for me :)

3rd May 2010, 14:13

Caine says:

I like! 5th and 6th shots especially.

4th May 2010, 05:12

Rick says:

You do have lots of stuff to look at and shoot while the clay dries! Very interesting studio.

4th May 2010, 05:28

taniwha says:

I like seeing overlooked corners.

4th May 2010, 11:04

Factotum says:

Hahaha. The test tiles have a highlight!
On a whim, I bought a sample set of 12 "interactive glaze pigments" ( which I'm testing over and under the glazes that I use all the time. I was seduced by the word interactive, I think, although the preliminary results are more staid than I was expecting.
The IGP applied to a bisqued piece slightly resists a glaze applied over it, so you can see where your original brush mark is and add to it. The unfired decoration had a slightly three-dimensional quality to it which was lost when the piece was fired. There wasn't as much difference between the IGP under and the IGP over as I was hoping.
On to the next round of experiments.

4th May 2010, 12:40

IceTwister says:

What a wonderful series.

6th May 2010, 20:54

MaggieD says:

What an ace series of pics ..... I have been in the school workshop for 10 hour days over the last few weeks (project deadlines looming) I have been a human clamp and have spent a lot of time holding super glued bizarre joints in place while looking into dark and mysterious corners, shame I cant clamp and click at the same time .....

7th May 2010, 19:54