Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Functional, wipe dry after use
The beautiful moon jar is finely handcrafted by artist Anette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. The medium sized grey moon jar is finely crafted in a thin body of mid-toned grey clay and decorated in thick, heavy grey expressive slip, glazed in a layer of thick crackle glaze. Lindenberg was inspired to make something beautiful out of the colour grey, subverting and mediating expectations towards the colour which is often associated with gloom and sadness. Instead, the artist finds tranquillity in the quiet colour, reflected in the warm grey exuding a sense of comfort from the piece. The crystalline crackle glaze enhances the subtle tones of the clay and pools on the markings of the textured expressive slip, muting the rugged pattern as if it were icing over the surface of the jar. Meanwhile, the protrusions of the slip serves as a reminder of roughness of the material. The form of the moon jar reflects back on the poetic evocations of Lindenberg’s work, deeply entangled with nature and East Asian aesthetic philosophy.
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.