Dimensions: W 19cm x H 17cm
Materials: Deep brown hand mixed clay, glaze and over glaze
Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The splendid moon jar is finely handcrafted by artist Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The moon jar is inspired by the artist’s childhood experience stargazing at her grandmother’s house and combines the colour and texture of volcanic rocks Lindenberg collected when she visited her grandma. Each layer to the moon jar adds to the contrasting and complementary textures amalgamated on its surface: pearly silver droplets are enigmatically strewn across the upper body of the vessel; the rich lustre of glossy brown glaze is unevenly and thinly applied so the natural roughness and tiny specks of the sandy texture of clay shows through. The bottom rim is detailed with elegantly lined silver droplets.
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.