Cairns and Koans - 28. clay with oxides. 1992

Douglas Jeal Sculptures - Cairns and Ko...

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The Cairns and Koans series of one hundred pieces of ceramic sculpture executed in just over one year was an experiment with form in clay. Hand-moulded and then beaten into shapes of different sizes and complexity, created a particularly disciplined way of working. Mostly abstract in design, finished with copper or iron oxides brushed on to the surface and reminiscent of oriental calligraphy.

The figurative pieces also accompanying this series were more experimentally minimal and some were left at the biscuit stage enhancing the nature of the form.