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Materials: Black clay with charred wood glaze and a misting of silver glaze droplets
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Non Functional
The beautiful ornamental 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 black clay, covered in Lindenberg’s black yakisugi glaze that encourages the velvety misting of tiny silver droplets to follow the patination of the dark glaze, off-set by the overglaze of a constellation of silver droplets. The mistings of fine silver droplets interspersed across the surface of the tea bowl are revealed when lit, illuminating the tea bowl. The fine silver droplets are reminiscent of frosted condensation and water trails from raindrops on windows, capturing a quiet fleeting transience and temporal in-betweenness. The shine emphasises the crevices and kurinuki cuts, juxtaposed against the thin bowl with asymmetric fuller bellied form which plays into a sense of conviviality as it fits into cupped palms, even as the coarse texture of the clay body and cut edges reveal a grittiness in the raw material.
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.