Materials: Chocolate clay, glaze and over glaze droplets
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Not Functional
The beautiful decorative tea bowl is finely handcrafted by artist Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. Inspired by stars peaking through the misty layers of a clouded night sky, specks of larger silver droplets and mistings of fine silver droplets, revealed when lit, intersperse across the surfaces of the tea bowl. The interior and exterior showcase the different textures of the dark glaze and overglaze: glossy textured overglaze on the interior surface appear like condensations of the warm glaze twinkling with silver droplets that emerge on the sides; dark glaze is applied in uneven patches on the exterior, creating visual complexity on the faceted planes of the kurinuki cuts.
The piece elegantly treads a balance between delicate softness and jagged roughness, reflecting the artist’s interest in natural geomorphic forms and influence from the Japanese aesthetic theory of wabi-sabi – an appreciation for beauty in imperfection. This combination results in a mesmerising rawness and warmth that is simultaneously intimate and subliminal. The unglazed bottom exhibits the original rough clay body, finished with the neat maker’s mark.
About the Artist:
Annette Lindenberg is a German/British ceramicist, originally from Austria, whose work focuses on Kurinuki, the Japanese method of hollowing and carving blocks of clay. Prior to her MA, Annette graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a BA in Artist: Designer Maker. She has exhibited at the British Art Fair at Saatchi and the London Art Fair with the gallery Modern Clay.
Over her time at the Royal College of Art she has explored artistic glazing, experimenting with new formulations, unusual application techniques and methods of firing. Her range of tea bowls and cups explore her personal connection to the sea, an interest in geology and clay carving method.