Oakland Artist Worth a Look

Oakland Potter, Whitney Smith

As a child, I always knew that I like nice things. I didn't always know how to articulate my likes and dislikes, but I was always drawn to quality. When I was in my early twenties, I managed an Il Fornaio Panetteria in Marin and met local artist, Sylvia Verange. Very soon Sylvia and I were friends and the next thing I knew I was purchasing art from her on lay-away.

I think I was first drawn to art as an apartment dweller. I could beautify my apartment without investing money into a property that I didn't own. When it was time to move, I could pack up my beautiful objects!

Last December I stumbled upon Oakland potter, Whitney Smith. As I walked into Whitney's Oakland studio I was immediately taken with the fresh and unpretentious works of art. Influenced by Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts and with a floral design background, Whitney has fresh designs anchored with an Old World feel. Whitney says she likes the look and feel of old things and antiques. She tries to emulate the craftmanship of an earlier time.

Check out Whitney's website, www.whitneysmithpottery.com and add a piece of fine pottery to your art collection.

This pomegranate vase is beautiful, affordable and a great Valentine's gift. (You can order this on Whitney's website.)