Materials: Stoneware, brushed in layers of different slips and glazed in a crackle glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
The beautiful yunomi cup is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The yunomi cup is made from stoneware and brushed in layers of different slips, then glazed in a crackle glaze. Hints of subtle blue, green, yellow and white slip come through from under the crystalline crackled glaze. The pale coloured slips are playfully applied to create swirls of colour on the interior of the cup for a misty and mossy emulation. Between the streaks of crackled glaze, the unglazed clay reveals its coarse texture, as if peering through a dream-like state as a reminder of the grounded, earthy surface evoking the resilient and powerful forces of nature. This interesting juxtaposition of textures give the cup a tactile quality complementing its simple, finely-sculpted asymmetrical form — the rounded belly comfortably curving into the palm.
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.