Materials: Rough Black Stoneware and ‘Garden Blue’ Ash Glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
A beautiful hand sculpted tea bowl by Annette Lindenberg, made from rough black stoneware with layers of toasted stoneware, grey clay and a garden blue ash glaze. The piece is based on the rocks she would collect and keep in her pockets to rediscover. It is part of a series of stone inspired works that reflect on a meditative feeling while being by the sea. The work combines clays through the block before Lindenberg carves and explores the texture of rocks, staring into rock pools and aesthetics of wet and dry. This piece keeps moments of imperfection that are both aesthetically pleasing and make the surface pleasing to touch. There is a dip in the rim and the interior has ripple marks from her tools.
Handcrafted by Lindenberg, she skilfully uses her intuition to layer each individual form, alternating between subconscious and conscious design and material decisions. The rock like forms evolved through experimentation with mixing materials and utilising her carving capabilities. This piece is exquisitely tactile, with rough surfaces and a glazed interior and exterior. It holds very interesting organic forms across the body, emphasising Lindenberg’s unique making processes.
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.