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Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The beautiful tea bowl is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The small tea bowl is made from white stoneware and black clay, and has a rock-like texture. The clay block was assembled in the nerikomi style, consisting of different coloured clay stacked to form a patination revealed through the carving process. The small cracks on the exterior surface blend into the marble pattern — small imperfections adhering to the wabi-sabi aesthetic. It appears as if the grey clay is breaking through the white stoneware, adding to the sense of movement created by the marble pattern. The playful and complex pattern is subdued by the pure monotonous colours of grey and a warm white. Its rock-like texture emulates a natural rock form — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of nature juxtaposed with its asymmetric fuller bellied form that plays into a sense of conviviality as it comfortably curves 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.