EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

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IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR ME and the lob­ster. I spot­ted him (or her—who can re­ally tell with a ce­ramic crus­tacean?) at one of the vin­tage shows held at the Neal S. Blais­dell Cen­ter in Honolulu, Hawaii. Af­ter a short ne­go­ti­a­tion and a few snick­ers from my friend Pam—who did not share my passion for a life-sized lob­ster perched on let­tuce leaves—it was mine. I later dis­cov­ered it’s a Brad Keeler serv­ing dish. I en­vi­sion a fam­ily en­joy­ing pick­les and olives off it in 1950, but I keep cos­tume jew­elry dis­played on mine. Keeler, a Cal­i­for­nia pot­ter, was known in the world of ce­ram­ics for cre­at­ing a true red glaze (seen on my fave lob­ster), which he named “Ming Dragon Blood.” Keeler also cre­ated some cool fish and flamingo art­ware. The lob­ster is a lovely re­minder of a spe­cial day at a spe­cial place. If you’re lucky enough to live in Hawaii or to be vis­it­ing when the vin­tage shows at the Blais­dell are tak­ing place, be sure to pop in. Like so many of the mar­kets we spot­light in this mag­a­zine, it fea­tures re­gional spe­cial­ties, mak­ing it a des­ti­na­tion of its own. At this one, for ex­am­ple, I love to hunt for Hawai­iana, tiki col­lectibles and Ja­panese an­tiques. No mat­ter where your flea-mar­ket ad­ven­tures take you this fall—near or far—i hope you find just what you are look­ing for.

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