Materials: A cup made of pale grey clay with a reactive glaze and a new variation of the silver droplets glaze creating a dripped effect.
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Non Functional
The beautiful decorative sake cup is finely handcrafted by artist Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The small cup is made of pale grey clay with a reactive glaze and a new variation of Lindenberg’s silver droplets glaze, creating a drip effect capturing movement and a temporal in-betweenness. The subtle blue-hued pale grey glaze is creatively varied with a matte finish in the interior and a glossier exterior surface. The hazy surface is disrupted by mossy green drips ending with silver droplets, in bursts of arbitrary energetic sparks, complemented by the textured clay body visible under the 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, and the artist’s fingerprints can also be seen surrounding the green drip glaze.
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.