Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
The beautiful sake bottle is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The single sake bottle is finished with a poured crackled glaze, showing variations in the shades of grey, with a blue-tinted pale grey glaze running down the side with a drip effect. The glaze pools along edges of the unique shape to accumulate crystalline patterns, appearing frosted with crackles under its smooth surface. White specks visible through the thinly applied tinted glaze hint at the sandy texture of the clay body, a reminder of a sense of rawness emphasised by tiny pinholes in the glaze, conforming to a wabi-sabi aesthetic. Each layer to the bottle adds a subtle complexity to the understated sake bottle with an unconventional asymmetrical shape emulating a natural rock form — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of nature.
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.