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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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By coincidence, the last glaze firing that I did included this jug.
It's coiled and about 18 inches high. Too bad that you can't see the
pattern of tiny white dots that I painted on it in the photograph (or
in reality for that matter). It was intended to resemble a starry
night sky.
26th Jan 2007, 18:03   | tags:,,

nige says:

oh hello, thats really very nice.

26th Jan 2007, 18:47

Caine says:

Ooh, very pretty.

26th Jan 2007, 18:57

Geodyne says:

I am officially in love with this jug. The proportions are perfect.

I like the composition of the top shot, too. The fact that the jug's a little off-centre makes it.

26th Jan 2007, 19:13

paintist says:

wonderful shape and texture....and I am sure that I can make out the plough( great bear) in the top shot :-) what a lovely glaze, it has a gunmetal look to it....

26th Jan 2007, 19:16

yourhermione says:

what's the glaze?? I love it.

26th Jan 2007, 20:10

factotum says:

Wow, thanks everyone. I'm really really pleased that you like it!
YH, the glaze is an ordinary black glaze, applied too thick and then fired too fast. (I play fast and loose with my glazes.) It also has a guersley borate and rutile wash sprayed on in places, and the white dots are the grolleg terra sig. I'll email the formula if you like, but I think you're firing at a hotter temperature range. This is only cone six.

26th Jan 2007, 20:28

swamprose says:

very nice facto. spooned on black glaze. It is doing something inside? looks delicious.

26th Jan 2007, 20:31

factotum says:

Ooops. There was a typo there. It's about 28 inches high, not 18-- too big to be practical as a liquid pouring jug.

27th Jan 2007, 03:33

Viv says:

It is really beautiful - so strong and simple an image - got a real wow factor

27th Jan 2007, 13:24

Geodyne says:

Factotum, do you sell these?

27th Jan 2007, 16:04

MaggieD says:

Agree with Viv .... a real wow ...

27th Jan 2007, 16:25

factotum says:

Geodyne, I think I will be having a garden "open house" in the spring. Many of the pieces that I've been doing lately have been conceived as outdoor pieces, so that's where I'd like them to be seen.

28th Jan 2007, 04:33

Geodyne says:

Would you agree to sell me that jug after you've had the open house? I keep coming back to it, and it's calling me.

28th Jan 2007, 12:01