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Shopping at the Berkeley Potters Guild — Three Artists, Three Visions

By Itsuko Zenitani, two round, fine porcelain ceramic bowls with ceramic lids-\that appear to be straw. At the Berkeley Potters Guild. Photo by BF Newhall

Appearances notwithstanding, the lids on these two fine porcelain bowls by Itsuko Zenitani are ceramic — not wood. $30 and $28. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lots of wonderful stuff to see at the Berkeley Potters Guild the other day. The work of three potters in particular, each with a distinctive vision, caused me to pull out my trusty point-and-shoot and click away.

At the  Berkeley Potters Guild, Berkeley, CA, ceramics by Sarah Gregory: A yellow vase,  and a red bowl8. Photo by BF Newhall

By Sarah Gregory: A yellow vase, $180, and a red bowl, $78. Photo by BF Newhall

Itsuko Zenitani

Just for starters — Itsuko Zenitani’s two small ceramic bowls had a soothing Zen feel to them. They were very much in harmony with each other and the universe.

You could buy them separately, but the two played off each other so insouciantly that, at $30 and $28, you’d be smart to make off with both of them.

Zenitani’s production ware was on display as well, but those pieces were no match for her remarkable ceramic bowls.

Sarah Gregory

Next, a pair of hand-painted vases with an Asian feel caught my eye — blue on a white background.

The artist, Sarah Gregory was on hand and she pointed me to a display of her more recent and radically different vases and bowls with saturated yellows and reds, some stark and plain, others painted with a virtuoso hand. (A few were too fussy and flowery for my taste.)

Dahli Tutman

I almost missed a tall vase by Dahli Tutman, it was as quirky and spontaneous as Gregory’s work was clean and refined. And on the next shelf down, two more charming vases, this time blue, from Tutman.

It was a feast for the eyes. My wallet, unlike my camera, stayed put in my purse the whole time. But now, as I look over these photos, I’m thinking maybe I should have grabbed for the credit cards instead of the point-and-shoot.

Note to readers: I do my best to accurately record the prices on the objects I photograph, but I’m a one-woman show here, and I can make mistakes. Check prices with the potter or the Potters Guild . . . And just so you know, I love to post photos of my shopping adventures, but (with the exception of review copies of books) I do not accept gifts or commissions from the subjects of my posts.

If you enjoyed this post you might also like “The Down Side of Things Beautiful” and “Ceramics Envy at the Berkeley Art Center.”

Sarah Gregory ceramics, at Potters Guild, Berkeley, CA. Two white vases w blue floral painting by Sarah Gregory ceramics, at Berkeley Potters Guild, CA. . Photo by BF Newhall

Gregory’s English porcelain vases are $305 and $200.  Photos by BF Newhall

It took ceramic artist Sarah Gregory two weeks just to paint the flowers on this vase. Photo by BF Newhall

It took Gregory two weeks just to paint this vase. $1,200.

Tall, narrow whmsical handmade ceramic vase, tubular in shape by Dahli Tutman. At the Berkeley Potters Guild, Berkeley, CA. Photo by BF Newhall

Ceramic vase, Dahli Tutman, $1,000.

Dahli Tutman' Two blue ceramic vases at the Berkeley Potters Guild, Berkeley, CA. Photo by BF Newhall http://BarbaraFalconerNewhall

By Tutman: $500 and $400. Photos by BF Newhall

A shelf of Itsuko Zenitani's fine porcelain ceramic blue tableware on display at the Berkeley Potters Guild. Photo by BF Newhall

Zenitani’s tableware: no match for her lidded bowls, above. Photo by BF Newhall

The entrance to the gray Berkeley Potters Guild building is a red door with red awning. Photo by BF Newhall

The Berkeley Potters Guild.

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  1. Virginia Miller says:

    I absolutely LOVE Gregory’s nasturtium vase. Oh, how I wish I could purchase it, a bit out of my price range!!
    Being single with 4 dogs and 2 rescue horses (22 years old ) my budget is tight.
    Happy to be a part of your ‘e-mail friends.

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