Annette Lindenberg 'Grey marble' small yunomi 17
Maker: Annette Lindenberg
Handmade in UK.
Dimensions: W 8cm x H 7.5cm
Materials: Hand mixed grey clays and glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The beautiful cup is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The small yunomi cup is made from a hand mixed block of different tones of grey clay, glazed to enhance the original tones of the clay used in the piece. Whimsical marble patterns lightly dance across the interior of the cup, the gloss of the glaze enhancing the enigmatic effect of the swirls of marble pattern generating a sense of lively movement. The exterior displays a different impact of the marbled texture, where patterns are more scarce and cracks in the textured sandy clay body with visible white specks capture the effect of subliminal rocks — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of nature. 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.
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.