Florida Old River Run Pottery Bowl

Dawn Zaharis Prietz
US$275.00
Item number: PYH 5240

This intricately carved bowl was wheel thrown by studio potter Dawn Zaharis Prietz (1953-) in Marianna, Florida. Dawn designs unique style using stoneware clay, some of it dug locally in Jackson County. Her pottery was the subject of a feature in Wiregrass Living Magazine. We've included an April, 2022 photo of her at an Art Show in Troy, Alabama, where she won the Best of Show Award and an invitation to do a one-person art show at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy. She is currently the owner/potter of Old River Run Pottery in Marianna.


The bowl, both decorative and functional (it's oven-safe and food-safe) has large swirls of speckled green glaze against a striated ground of golden yellow on the interior. The flat rim is decorated with raised tan V's, some splashed with the same green, some with cream. The outside features a band of large leaves, carved in relief and glazed in shades of green, set against a textured adobe color that has simulated cracks and crevices that lend an ancient, worn appearance.

Weighing 3 3/4 pounds, the bowl measures 10 inches across and 4 inches high and is in superb condition, with no damage or wear. The bottom of the bowl is signed "Zaharis," hand printed in black. Like all her pottery, this piece is one of a kind, highly individual and absolutely beautiful.

>>>Dawn's Old River Run Pottery is represented by Fusion Gallery in Seaside, Florida. They have an online store if you want to browse other works of hers. The website is called FusionArtGlass.

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PYH 5240

William H. Crutchfield

Abstract Style Crutchfield Art Pottery Lidded Box

US$175.00
William H. Crutchfield

Abstract Style Crutchfield Art Pottery Lidded Box

US$175.00

This round lidded bowl of heavy stoneware clay was created by potter William H. Crutchfield (1944-). He studied ceramics at UC Berkeley, class of 1970. When he made this piece, in the late 1970's or early 1980's, he was living in Watsonville, CA. Crutchfield's CV, which he apparently wrote in the late 1980s, is found online at The Marks Project website. It states that "I sometimes paint on selected pieces with acrylic lacquer in an abstract style." Crutchfield currently lives in Arizona, in a building he renovated for his studio, home and gallery. We've included a photo of him at his wheel.


The spectacular lid on this large piece has a geometric incised abstract design, somewhat reminiscent of a Piet Mondrian painting. Done in yellow, lavender, grey, olive green, white and shades of blue, each raised form is outlined in black. The top of the lid is slightly domed and there is an inner rim that makes the lid fit snugly and securely on the bowl. Ombré bands of cobalt blue and cream circle around the bowl. The dry bottom of the bowl is marked with his handwritten signature "Crutchfield."

The bowl with lid weighs a sturdy 5 3/4 pounds, stands 3 1/2 inches high and is approximately 10 inches across the lid. It is in pristine condition, with no discernible wear. The bowl has crazing, while the lid does not. This is a great piece of art pottery by a superbly talented ceramic artist.

PLEASE NOTE that the white spots are due to reflections from our lighting on the high gloss glaze.

>>>In "The Marks Project" listing, there is a stoneware wall plate by Crutchfield with a similar inlaid pattern. The date given is 1978 and it is in The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives. Merrill’s collection, based in Berkeley, CA, is one of the largest and most important of its kind in the world, containing pieces from major artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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PYH 5314