Hap Sakwa Turned Lilac and Manzanita Burl Wood Bowls with Live Edges
Burled bowls by California studio famed wood worker Hap Sakwa. Sakwa is in many public and private collections and countless publications.
The larger bowl dated 6/80 is made wild lilac and measures 5.5" by 10" wide, while the smaller manzanita wood bowl, dated 11/82 measures 3.5" by 5.5". In very good vintage condition.
The following partial bio was taken from the artists website:
Hap Sakwa (Born December 6, 1950) is an American sculptor and commercial photographer. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a leader in the modern woodworking movement that revolutionized the craft, elevating it to an art form creating narrative sculptural objects using polychromed woods and found objects. From 1988 until 1993 Sakwa turned another artistic corner producing a series of pop art mosaic and found object sculptures juxtaposing Americana imagery, word play and bright colorful patterns. In 1994 he turned his attention to photography becoming one of the country’s most distinguished jewelry photographers with images featured on the covers and in editorial compositions of leading books and periodicals regarding the art and craft jewelry.
In 1972 he settled in the small southern California town of Isla Vista. There, he was introduced to an emerging class of artisans, like Bob Stocksdale and Art Carpenter, who were revolutionizing the art of American design and woodworking. In a small shop of merely one-hundred square feet Sakwa made small lathe turned vessels and carved figurative sculpture exploiting the labyrinthine structure of native California root burls.
In 1977 Sakwa was featured in an early issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine and in the same publisher’s first Biennial Design Book. This national recognition and the advancement of the craft show movement, as an exhibition space, were the springboards that motivated him to expand his visual language and begin the journey of discovering a relevant and compelling artistic objective.