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Materials: Multiple tones of grey clay, reactive glaze and silver droplets
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 Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. Silver droplets pool in the base of the grey rock fold cup. Lindenberg created the cup with inspiration from rocks she used to break open in hopes of finding a sparkle inside. The silver droplets across the surface of the interior carry a subtly yellow tint for a feeling of natural warmth, and are interspersed lightly over the exterior. White specks of the sandy clay body visible under the glaze complement the dark grey waves throughout the surface of the yunomi cup and the edges of kurinuki cuts to capture the effect of subliminal rocks — a reminder of the resilient and powerful forces of nature.
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.