Cylinder of porcelain with transfer and luster
Height: 10 cm, diameter: 11 cm
Her work for the David Collection:
Bodil Manz’s piece for the David Collection was inspired by basic modules in Islamic art. An example can be found on a tile mosaic from Granada in Spain in the 14th century (inv.no. 42/2002). The tile consists of modules of geometric patterns, and it is individual modules like these that inspired the decoration for Bodil Manz’s cylinder.
Bodil Manz describes her work with the cylinder as follows: “I have chosen to work with the zalij pieces that form amazing, infinite patterns in Islamic art. When ‘isolated’ from the decoration as a whole, these pieces, or modules, are truly inspiring for me. They recur throughout Islamic culture, across national borders, and in many different materials.”
Bodil Manz has previously worked with geometrical patterns inspired by Islamic art. At the beginning of the 1980s, she and her late husband, Richard Manz, were responsible for decorating part of the Bahrain National Museum, designed by Knud Holscher and Svend Axelsson. Since then, patterns based on geometry have played a central role in her ornamentation.
This cylinder is a fine example of Bodil Manz’s appreciation of Islamic motifs combined with a modern lightness of decoration that most of all resembles paper cuts in light, cheerful colors.
The porcelain body that Bodil and Richard Manz developed is cast in plaster molds. The thin cylinder is fired for the first time, glazed in white, then high fired, after which it is ready to be decorated. In her pieces for the David Collection, Bodil Manz has chosen to work with transfers (glazes on paper that can be cut into patterns and applied to the cylinder), with luster painted on the rim and base. These transfers require the second firing in order to fuse them with the white ground glaze. A second type of transfer fired at a lower temperature remains on the surface and retains its bright colors. Each cylinder is fired at least four times.
Price € 765.-