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Materials: Rough Black Stoneware, Crackle Porcelain Slip and Blue Glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
This large black tea bowl is by Annette Lindenberg, made from rough black stoneware, porcelain, crackle porcelain slip and garden blue glaze. The piece is inspired by the materials used, enhancing the shrinkage of porcelain by applying it thickly over an incompatible clay to encourage cracking. The choice of glaze is aimed at highlighting this, partly absorbing into the black clay while leaving a glossy surface over the porcelain, with hints of opalescent blue where the two meet.
Handcrafted by Lindenberg, she skilfully uses her intuition to layer each individual form, alternating between subconscious and conscious design and material decisions. The rock like forms evolved through experimentation with mixing materials and utilising her carving capabilities. This piece is exquisitely tactile, with rough surfaces and a glazed interior and exterior. It has monochromatic hues and holds very interesting organic forms and ridges across the body, emphasising Lindenberg’s unique making processes.
To be viewed in sunlight.
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.