Studio Job - Pouring Jug

Studio Job was founded in 1998 by Job Smeets in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. At once highly specific and yet entirely universal, personally expressive and yet experimental, Studio Job has crafted a body of work that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art.



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Pouring Jug I, II & III

An iconic work from Studio Job, a levitating gigantic bronze vessels from which the studio’s trademark ‘rock’ is being poured out from the jug sculpture.

  • Pouring Jug I
  • 2004 - 2007
  • 250 x 220 x 200 cm
  • Hasselt, Belgium
  • Pouring Jug II
  • 2008 - 2010
  • 410 x 320 x 300 cm
  • St. Tropez, France
  • Pouring Jug III
  • 2011 - 2013
  • 300 x 600 x 260 cm
  • London, UK
  • Material
  • polished and patinated bronze

Pouring Jug


Pouring Jug is among the most dramatic and instantly iconic works produced by Studio Job. In the making of this work an industrial furnace used for the smelting of iron provides the analogic basis for a highly polished bronze jug out of which pours a cascade of seemingly molten cuboid forms. A process that once revolutionised the steel industry is parodied in high art by an object that, contrary to appearances, serves no obvious utilitarian function. The result, however, is a spectacular work that contrasts epically against the historic backdrop of Sudeley Castle.


“We started to sculpture Pouring Jug back in 2002 and it took us five years to realize the sculpture. To celebrate ‘the act of doing’, we designed a giant archetypical jug pouring a large amount of ‘Rock’. ‘Rock’ can be seen as our ‘invented’ basic structure like clay, paper or paint can be. Rock can appear in many forms … sometimes it grows and sometimes it crumbles. ‘Rock’ is used in many of our sculptures and objects. Mostly it stands for something that we can’t control… Inspired on Vermeers Milk Maid this jug pours this black thick substance instead of virgin white milk.”


– Job Smeets, 2008