Toshiko Takaezu (June 17, 1922-March 9, 2011) was a Japanese-American ceramist and painter whose closed forms helped to elevate ceramics from functional to fine art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiko_Takaezu
Untitled by Toshiko Takaezu
c.1990-1999 / Glazed stoneware / 14-1/2″x6-1/2″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Toshiko Takaezu on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/toshiko-takaezu/