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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Hap Sakwa, American, born 1950

Open Vessel


Burned and painted wood

9 × 9 in. (22.86 × 22.86 cm)
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason in memory of George Zachary Mason, M.F. 1911
In the early 1990s, turners like Hap Sakwa began to move away from their veneration of the natural grain of wood and manipulate their vessels in various ways. The series of holes and jagged edge make this delicate bowl appear to be splitting apart, a visual tension furthered by the mottled and scorched surface.
Made in Sebastopol, California
20th century
Containers - Wood

Purchased 2002 from Hap Sakwa; gift to Yale Universty Art Gallery 2007.


Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 114, pl. 104.

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 114, pl. 104, ill.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 179.

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