Dimensions:W 15cm x L 10cm x H 14cm (bottle); W 7cm x H 5.5cm (each cup)
Materials: Grey toned clay, porcelain and glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The beautiful sake set, inclusive of a bottle and two cups, is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. White porcelain slip is strewn expressively over a grey toned clay body, caught in a moment of flux and movement. The textured rough clay body is exposed in the rims of the cups and edges without porcelain slip. This is combined with the unconventional shape of the asymmetric sake bottle, emulating a natural rock form — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of nature. Small cuts on the surface reveal the cross-section of unglazed porcelain slip, a wabi-sabi detail adding to the charm of the pieces by inviting close looking and interaction. Careful observation reveals variations to the subtly crackled glaze, which is playfully rendered glossy in some places and matted in others.
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.