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Materials: Grey clay, glaze and over glaze droplet variation
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 cup is made of a chocolate-toned clay with a reactive glaze and a new variation of Lindenberg’s silver droplets glaze, creating a laced effect. The silver droplets are reminiscent of mist lines and water trails from raindrops on windows, capturing a sense of quiet movement and temporal in-betweenness. The shine of silver droplets is joined by mossy dark green lines entangled to form a web stringing together the surface of the cup, effecting in a graphic quality to the quiet emulation of nature. The subtly porous light grey glaze has a faint blue tint and slight lilac hue when viewed under certain lights atop the chocolate-toned body, emphasised in edges of facets which catch more light and gather slightly thicker applications of glaze.
The complex texture juxtaposes with the simple, finely sculpted asymmetrical form of the cup — the rounded belly and narrower base resembles an endearing and graceful tulip shape, 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.