Annette Lindenberg 'Charred earth' yunomi 25
Maker: Annette Lindenberg
Handmade in UK.
Dimensions: W cm x H cm
Materials: smooth black clay with a yakisugi glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Non functional
The beautiful cup is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The faceted yunomi cup is made of smooth black clay glazed in the artist’s yakisugi black glaze. The glaze was inspired by the effect of yakisugi, charred wood, and forms its own patination on the surface of the cup to suggest a sense of timelessness — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of natural objects. On the interior surface of the cup, lustrous dark glaze stipples in an organic pattern. This simultaneously glossy and textured overglaze appear like condensations of a warm rich liquid, capturing a sense of dynamism with its temporal in-betweenness. The complex texture and strong colour is counterbalanced by the simple, finely-sculpted asymmetrical form of the cup — 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.