This 1981 wood sculpture bud vase by Hap Sakwa truly defines letting nature speak for itself. This hand-crafted piece speaks volumes on the inner and outer beauty of a hunk of wood.
Not just any wood, Sakwa used fine Manzanita burlwood for this, turning it on a lathe, finding the natural formations to leave untouched. This one-of-a-kind sculpture gives us a glimpse into an organic place...every crackle and gap is a place to discover. The burl patterns and colors are beautiful and polished just to the right point.
The top has a tiny 3mm wide, 3.5 inch deep opening that might accommodate a single bud. While the top looks like it's uneven or chipped, it is just the natural unaltered state of the wood left by the artist. The egg-shaped solid wood 'pod' measures 7 3/4 inches high. It's about 4 1/4 inches across.
The bottom has a brass insert hand-signed by the artist with an etching tool... HAP SAKWA 3/81 MANZANITA. This fantastic piece is in excellent condition, exhibiting all the gnarly beauty of nature.
The artist HAP SAKWA (1950 - ) has been involved in the visual arts his entire adult lifetime. His wood sculptural objects are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, The American Craft Museum, and the Mint Museum. Now, that Sakwa has turned his talents to commercial photography, his wood design sculpture work of the 1980s takes on a greater importance. These museum quality pieces are no longer made and therefore, become more rare and valuable.
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