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Method: Hand Sculpted, Kurinuki (the Japanese technique of hollowing solid clay)
Care: Non Functional, carefully wipe clean with dry cloth
The beautiful decorative tea bowl is finely handcrafted by artist Annette Lindenberg using kurinuki, the traditional Japanese technique of carving from a single block of clay. Linderberg uses a variation of her yakisugi glaze on black clay to create a gentle crater-like effect across a rough textured volcanic body. The dark glaze captures a sense of dynamism with its bubbling porous texture and its application of streaks running down the interior of the bowl, capturing the liquid movement of glaze before firing.
The muted bubbling glaze on the side complements the dark body of the piece to create a sense of roughness and monumentality, playfully offset by the asymmetric fuller bellied form which 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.