Ideology:The art educator and critic Chia Wai Hon, in surveying the numerous forms by Dr Iskandar in the 1980s, declared the globular form as the potter’s hallmark*.
Dr Iskandar himself affirms how the orb has become synonymous with him, sharing that he “becomes philosophical and emotionally worked up when potting a round form”**. For Dr Iskandar, the spherical form of his pots embodies “my concept of completeness, fulfilment, purity and oneness”** as well as his vision of the earth’s globe as a metaphor for global communities.
This globular pot has a rimmed mouth, double shoulder handles and a full belly decorated with kushime – the technique of creating wave-lines through combing. His comb technique here is expressive and spontaneous, conveying waves of movement and energy.
*Poh L. & Iskandar Jalil, Material, Message, Metaphor: The Pottery Voice of Iskandar Jalil (Art-2 Gallery, National Arts Council, Singapore: 2007, p35)
**(Ed) Goh S-L M., Iskandar Jalil: Square One – A Potter’s Journey (Economic Development Board, Singapore, 2001, p117)
Detail of Work:Year created : 2015-16
Weight : 4kg
Dimension : H 25.5 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm
Technical Info:Wheel thrown
High-fired at 1300ºC, reduction gas-firing
Glaze:Neck, rim and hip: ‘Iskandar Blue’ glaze
Body: Iron oxide, red stain, white slip, combed to created patterns