Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The beautiful tea bowl is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The tea bowl is carved from a grey toned clay. The piece was created as part of Lindenberg’s exploration of the beauty of the colour grey, subverting and mediating expectations towards the colour which is often associated with gloom and sadness. Instead, the artist finds tranquillity in the soft colour, reflected in the warm grey exuding a sense of comfort in the piece. Its asymmetric fuller bellied form plays into a sense of conviviality as its form fits into cupped palms. Crystalline glaze pools at the base of the interior and the crackles of glaze are emphasised on edges of the kurinuki cuts where the glaze congregates. This crystalline evocations and frosted effect contrasts with the white specks visible through the thinly applied tinted glaze hinting at the sandy texture of the body.
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.