A little nudge to self…

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Be you, be true, love what you do. Ayeeeee. The studio is in shambles right now, as painters move stuff around painting the entire house, and I’ve carefully so carefully moved most fragile stuff indoors. Taking this time to mend the broken legs on a cabinet, and renew a gnawed timber table (the work of two energetic and hungry puppies from a year ago. Thankfully they are past the chewy stage!), paint white a shelf that was sticking out like a sore thumb in black, and do up a poster wall. This is gonna be one of the pieces up there, just so I remember.

Looking at these words, I’m realising that ‘love what you do’ is much deeper than it seems. Because it’s when I make pots with full diligence and attention to detail, step by step with no hurry and a smile in my head… that’s when they are good. And it takes love to do that. Where does this love come from? Perhaps it is simply a desire to do right. Right now. The right way. And love is there.

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The Sun

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

What a beautiful quote I found this afternoon. I just had to make a digital poster out of it 🙂

Here’s a little bit about the sufi poet Hafiz, taken off poetseers.org.

Hafiz is one of the world’s most beloved poets, he is affectionately known as the “Tongue of the Invisible” and the great Poet-Seer Ralph Waldo Emerson himself remarked that “Hafiz is a poet for poets.”

The poems of Hafiz have a beautiful and musical quality, which also embody a great spontaneity. In a myriad of poetic ways, Hafiz expresses the spiritual experiences of a mystic, in love with his Beloved. Yet he achieves this in a playful and enchanting way, like other Sufi poets, Hafiz weaves themes of ambiguity into his poems. Often he will use secular images such as wine, drunkenness and human love, however these are just symbols for the divine experiences which Hafiz is alluding to.

That Beloved has gone completely Wild – He has poured Himself into me!
I am Blissful and Drunk and Overflowing
.”

– From: The Great Secret

Hafiz was born in the beautiful city of Shiraz in Persia (now Iran ). As a young child he was called Shams –ud-din Mohammed. Hafiz proved to have a prodigious talent for literature. At an early age he successfully memorized the Qu’ran, and this is why he took the pen name of “Hafiz” – Hafiz means one who has memorized the entire Qu’ran by heart. As well as studying the Qu’ran Hafiz was also introduced to the other great Sufi poets such as Rumi, Farid –ud-din Attar and Saadi, these Sufi poets would later have some influence on the poetry of Hafiz.

A famous story about Hafiz tells how he fell in love with a beautiful woman. He saw her in his local area whilst delivering bread. He became so enchanted with love for this woman that he could think of nothing else. Hafiz started to write love poems dedicated to his sweetheart, and these became famous throughout Shiraz. Unable to live without his beloved, Hafiz resolved to undertake a 40 night vigil at the tomb of Baba Kuhi’. Babu Kuhi was a famous poet who promised to fulfil 3 desires of anyone who could stay awake for 40 nights at his tomb.

On the first night Hafiz had a vision of the Angel Gabriel. He was so enchanted with her beauty, he resolved to seek only God who would by nature be infinitely more beautiful than any human form. Gabriel then revealed to him where he could find a spiritual master who would be able to lead him towards God. This master was Muhammed Attar, who lived a humble life in Shiraz.

From this point Hafiz became a prodigious poet producing hundreds of poems which expressed a seekers longing for union with the divine. His poetry made Hafiz famous and he gained the respect and love of many local inhabitants. However his ecstatic and unorthodox poetry gained him the displeasure of the ruling Muslim orthodoxy. Because of this Hafiz twice had to flea the city of Shiraz, on many occasions he was only saved by his sharp wit.

At the age of about 60, his Master Attar, finally granted Hafiz his life long desire – union with God. From this point Hafiz’s poems reflected a new consciousness, no longer was there any sense of separateness from God.

Hafiz wrote about 5,000 poems, although unfortunately these were never written down and therefore there is some scholarly dispute about the authenticity of some poems. In the West Hafiz has only become famous in the last century. One of the most important early translations was by Gertrude Bell in 1897. Recently there have been new translations and versions by authors such as Daniel Ladinsky. These have helped Hafiz become a well renowned poet in the West. The poetry of Hafiz has a universal attraction. It is said Hafiz once stated,

“No one could ever paint a too wonderful picture
of my heart or God.”

Even that parting quote is so delicious… I am gonna look for more by him. The conch shells were traced off an illustration from a book on Tibetan Buddhist symbols. Please feel free to use as wallpaper and print for your own pleasure.

Heart-om Wallpaper

March 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Fooling around with computer colouring and some subtle effects 🙂 Here’s a wallpaper for you…

Click the image for larger size (1680 x 1050 px)

Dragon Kiln (Again!)

November 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

Let Your Light Shine Through

November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Some manna for the mid-week inertia that sometimes sets in around Wednesday.  I posted about going to the Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre awhile back, but never did take a good picture of the message i whacked into that little plate…  it was ‘let your light shine through’. So….  it’s a good reminder for me to CHILLAX! as some people would say it!

Live the Life You’ve Imagined

September 3, 2010 § 6 Comments

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

There is so much about this quote from Walden that speaks to me. Moving forward. Dreaming of what I really want. Staying positive. Forming a future by giving the imagination free rein. And then going for it. I google-imaged the quote and some great visuals came up. Here’s my take on it with my favourite fonts and colours of the moment 🙂 Feel free to use any of these for wallpaper, or print one out and tack it wherever it’ll work its juju best.

Encounters of the Animal Kind

August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Driving out of the dirt track from the kiln, I passed by this flock of water buffaloes. They were so close, the nearest one just a foot away from the car window!!!

The fellow above wiggled his ears at me as he chewed his cud. Wound up the window and drove on without further ado…

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