Ideology:Dr Iskandar has emphasized that he finds strong affinity with vessels that embody the Japanese concept of shibui. Shibui involves a reverence and discernment of beauty in the unassuming and unobtrusive, in the subtle and modest and in the natural, familiar everyday things and rhythms of life.
Such traits were exemplified in the wares that were fired in some of the medieval or ancient kilns of Japan such as tanbayaki (tamba ware) and earthy tsubo (storage jars) of Japan or the martaban jars of Southeast Asia.
Dr Iskandar’s stoneware jar carries a reassuring, simple form with a mildly everted rim and wide mouth. Its earthy tones and coarse, rough surface renders the vessel with a rustic quality. The sombre browns are uplifted by surface patterning created through resist and masking techniques of decoration.
Detail of Work:Year created : 2015
Weight : 7kg
Dimension : H 40 x 24.5 x 24.5 cm
Technical Info:Wheel thrown
High-fired at 1300ºC, reduction gas-firing
Material:Stoneware (mixed clay)
Glaze:Iron oxide, purple stain and cobalt glaze, with resist decoration