May 13/14 & May 20/21
Itsuko Zenitani relocated to the US from Kyoto, Japan in the early 1980's. At that time she learned about and created ceramics Artwork at the Potters' Studio in Berkeley, California. After a decade of developing her artwork styles and techniques, Itsuko started working as a professional ceramic artist in the early 1990s'. She creates a wide array of Modern Ceramics that are also fully functional. For the past several decades, she has developed unique throwing and decorating techniques and complex glaze and firing formulas. Some of her most difficult work includes hand-throwing fine porcelain clay to an almost translucent thinness, while retaining strength and durability of the pieces. Her most beautiful hand decorations are with Celadon or Tenmoku glazes and intricate hand-carvings. Most pieces are carefully high fired in gas kilns to achieve the desired look and hardness.
Itsuko's style has been developed in the USA, but is based on both traditional and modern Japanese art forms and techniques.