Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The beautiful cup is finely handcrafted by artist Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The sand-toned cup is made from a block of different tones of grey clay, carved to reveal a soft rock fold wave throughout the body and glazed to enhance the warm notes of the clay used in the piece. The dark grey pattern evokes natural undulating waves of the sand ripples or tree-rings — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of nature, augmented by the rough texture of clay revealed through the glaze on the faceted surface. This is combined with the graceful, thinly carved form of the yunomi cup which affectionately curves 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.