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Annette Lindenberg 'Smoked crackle' tea bowl 38
Annette Lindenberg 'Smoked crackle' tea bowl 38

Annette Lindenberg 'Smoked crackle' tea bowl 38

Maker: Annette Lindenberg

Regular price £520.00

Handmade in UK.

Dimensions: W 10cm x H 8cm

Materials: White stoneware, glaze and ink 

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 tea bowl is made from a white stoneware and glazed in a crackle glaze. The piece reflects the artist’s interest in the used, broken and imperfect, vis-a-vis things that are appreciated and preserved. The crackled glaze is inked to encourage an ‘aged effect’: the dark ink is seeped into the crackles of the glaze as if markings of time had been trapped in in its crevices, suggesting a sense of timelessness. There are no visible edges of the kurinuki cuts, rather, subtle indentations built into the form if the bowl seem to acknowledge the human touch and shape of hands. This complements its simple, finely sculpted asymmetrical form — the rounded belly and narrower base comfortably curving into the palm.

The soft, warm, milky white is weighted down with suggestions of a resilient presence through time; the piece elegantly treads a balance between delicate softness and timeless resilience, reflecting the artist’s interest in 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.