Dunhill and O’Brien’s residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC) led to two works both based on the same initial ‘fieldwork’. This involved advertising in a local paper as artists who would dig holes for free and then time spent digging and casting the holes that local people required.
In Holes 2 the opportunity of working with clay and the inevitability of firing and glazing it got the better of their more practical inclinations. The kilns at EKWC are very large and this gave a parameter for the largest cast hole dug for a farmer in the local area. Where Holes 1 was in constant movement, Holes 2 had a heavy and inert quality that was belied by the sugary pink glaze.