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 Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The bowl is made of thick applications of multiple clay layers in different tones, glazed in crackled glaze. Some of the clay layers react with the glaze to create a myriad of subtle tones on the external surface: a soft blush is interspersed throughout with blueish grey and patches of milky white, creating a soft dreamy haze; an understated military green is mottled with a burnt brown, reminiscent of excavated green-glazed antique pottery from East Asian cultures to suggest a sense of timelessness. The crackled glaze with a crystalline effect modulates protrusions of textured clay as its asymmetric fuller bellied form plays into a sense of conviviality.
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.