A fascinating piece of sculptural pottery, hand built with a raw brutalist look, this red clay bowl was created by Oklahoma artist Janet Hasegawa in 1992. Incised with leaves and overlaid with thick, crawling organic vines, one of which has made it into the bottom of the pot, the piece was wiped with a dark matte glaze, worked into the leaves and vines for further emphasis. Measuring 4 inches tall and 4 inches across, not counting the vines, the bowl is heavy for its size, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. The bottom is hand signed, inscribed in the clay "Janet Hasegawa '92".
Fortunately for admirers of studio pottery, Hasagawa switched careers from pediatric psychologist to ceramics artist after she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1991. At the University of Tulsa's Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, she studied ceramics for four years with Tom Manhart, a sculptor and TU professor for 37 years. Her particular area of study was the aesthetics of Japanese ceramics, evidenced in this vessel. Hasagawa was one of the participating artists in the Tom Manhart retrospective in 2017. She was also co-curator, with multi-media artist Anh-Thuy Nguyen, of the 2017 exhibition at The University of Tulsa entitled "Steeped: The Art of Tea."