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Materials: Stoneware, brushed in layers of different slips and glazed in a crackle glaze
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 wide tea bowl is made from stoneware, brushed in layers of different slips and glazed in a crackle glaze. Hints of subtle blue, green, yellow and white slip are visible under the crystalline crackled glaze. The pale coloured slips are playfully applied to create swirls of colour on the interior of the cup for a misty and mossy evocation. These colours and crystalline crackles are contained under the smooth white glaze, emulating the atmosphere of dreamy morning mists among the woods. Details like the uneven gathering of glaze on the rim over the exterior of the bowl and the exposed small patches of unglazed textured body adhere to a wabi-sabi aesthetic, grounding the piece to give it a sense of warmth. The asymmetric fuller bellied form plays into a sense of conviviality as it fits into cupped palms.
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.