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Sarah Bocket dot bowls serve up some retro flavor

July 20, 2011 |  6:00 am


Bocket Sarah Bocket's hand-painted wooden bowls, spotted at the Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend, sent me back in time.

Put an ashtray and a glass grape cluster next to the leaf dish above, and you have a coffee table vignette from my family's 1974 living room.

The bowls made me smile, and not just because they made me feel nostalgic. I love what the Los Feliz artist, pictured at right, has done with the thrift store finds: Using a tiny paintbrush, Bocket paints each dish with acrylic, covering them with multicolored dots.

The result is a fanciful mix of past and present, particularly when styled with vintage books or tabletop piece, as pictured at top.

Bocket says the dishes are "lightly food safe," meaning they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth but should not be submerged or scrubbed.

They start at about $40 apiece on Bocket's Etsy shop.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits, from top: Sarah Bocket, Francesca Balaguer