This is a photograph of six unglazed bowls made by Iskandar Jalil who has frequently expounded on the deceptive simplicity of the cawan (bowl), which he has described as "the most challenging of forms", for the way it reveals the strength (or weakness) of a master-potter. This cluster of cawan finely illustrates the Japanese concept of shibui (an unassuming but profound beauty) which Iskandar credits as significantly influential in his work. Physical dimensions of original: Approx: 145 x 240 mm. Medium: Mixed clay, various glazes on interior (fired at 1300 degrees Celsius). Title devised by Library staff.
This digital copy © National Library Board Singapore 2009. The original work © Iskandar Jalil, 2006.