Michael Walter Nickel, affectionately known as "Nickel" by friends and fans, passed quickly and peacefully with his daughter by his side in Boulder County, Colorado. Anyone who ever crossed paths with Nickel in his 83 years of life left the encounter with a smile. Despite challenging circumstances in these final seasons, the punster always had a joke to share. He wowed docs, caregivers and friends with his charm and wit. Always the entrepreneur, he started his business career at a very young age. Buying ties in Chicago and taking them back to college in South Dakota, he started his first small business. Moving past college he made a name for himself in the advertising world, setting himself apart for his wit and creativity, winning numerous Addy awards. Finding his true passion in life, he became a founding member of the American Art Pottery association and authored several books. He is known throughout the US and around the world as the go-to resource on all things American Art Pottery. To his final days, you could show him a picture of almost any piece and he would recite a passage about that piece to rival any Wikipedia article. Mike is survived by his daughter Kimberly Rae Rouland, his son, Jon Nickel-D'Andrea, Son-in-law, Ben Nickel-D'Andrea and Grandsons Riley, Josh, and Dana, Sister-in-law, Dottie Nickel. Services TBD. If you would like notice of his celebration of life coming soon in G.R, please email Kimberly at KRaeosunshine3@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society or the American Art Pottery Association in Mike's name. Published in Grand Rapids Press on Jan. 28, 2018
Jeanette (Mrs. Marvin) Stofft has passed away. I know this news will be of interest to my many friends in the pottery community. Jeanette and Marvin were founding members of the Pottery Lovers event in Zanesville, Ohio in the 1970s, and shared their love of pottery with one and all. She and her husband also were Show Managers of the pottery show for all those years, and one thing Jeanette insisted on were pretty flowers in each and every booth. Sending condolences to her son, John, and all her family. Published in Courier Press on Dec. 6, 2017 Jeanette Mulzer Stofft Tell City, Indiana Jeanette Mulzer Stofft, 92, died at her home on December 4, 2017. She was born on August 25, 1925 to Herman and Louise Mulzer of Evanston, Indiana. She married Marvin H. Stofft on December 28, 1950. Jeanette worked for Mulzer Crushed Stone as Office Manager for 28 years. She was a founding member of the National Art Pottery Lovers Association and enjoyed growing and showing hybrid tea roses. She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Ladies Guild. She is survived by her son, John E. Stofft of Tell City; granddaughter, Danielle Stofft Nord (Nathan) of Newburgh; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Morgan Nord; one sister, Irene Cole of Tell City; and many nieces and nephews. Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin of 46 years; two sisters Irma Kirsch, Mary Dixon; and three brothers, Arnold, Roland and Edgar Mulzer. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church "Worship for Shut-Ins". Condolences may be left online at zoercher-gillickfuneralhome.com
Rosalyn Starke Abrams "Roz, " died suddenly 11 November 2017 at her home on Indian Lake, Ohio. Roz's death at a young 71 was caused by anaphylactic shock, the result of an unknown acute allergic reaction. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jeffery Abrams, son Lee and his family, and her daughter, Shari, and husband. Roz and Jeff Abrams were established figures in the pottery collecting community for decades. Their collections included Rookwood, Weller, Peters & Reed, Roseville, along with a fine selection of European ceramics. Roz was partial to Rookwood paperweights. They were active members of the AAPA, especially in the early years, planning auctions for the Washington, D. C. area conventions, etc. They were some of the earliest members of Pottery Lovers in Zanesville and attended every year. In later years, Jeff, a retired physician, no longer attended, but Roz was a faithful and happy participant at the event. There were no services immediately following her death, but there will be a tree planting and service in her memory in the spring in Ohio.
PRITSKER, Hilda Hildegarde "Hilda" M. Pritsker, age 87, devoted wife, mother, teacher, and renowned American art pottery collector, passed away quietly on October 19, 2017. Hilda was born in Philadelphia, PA, on July 18, 1930. She and her beloved husband Ted Pritsker moved to Dallas in 1959 and they raised their children, Andrew "Drew", Debra and David, in the Preston Hollow area. Hilda grew up in Philadelphia where she graduated from Temple University. She did graduate studies at the University of North Texas on the effects of barometric changes on emotionally disturbed children. Hilda then taught special education in an integrated classroom setting ranging from severely autistic to emotionally disturbed children in Richardson ISD for more than 25 years. Hilda and Ted loved to travel and they went all over the world together. They had a special fondness for St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Together they collected American art pottery, including Roseville, Rookwood and Newcomb College pieces. Hilda had a keen eye and her American art pottery collection is considered one of the major collections in the United States, rivaling the exhibits at the MOMA in NY, the Morse Tiffany museum in Winter Park, Florida, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Hilda was born and raised Jewish, but truly began her formal Jewish education late in life. She studied and was a Bat Mitzvah when she was over 70 years old. She regularly attended Saturday morning Torah study with her friends at Congregation Ner Tamid in Carrollton. Hilda loved opera and classical music and attended Dallas opera productions with her family. She enjoyed walking in the pool, but strenuously avoided all other forms of exercise. Hilda was an avid reader throughout [...]
August 27, 1948 - August 24, 2017 John Eugene Fry, 68, of Keokuk, IA, died Thursday, August 24, 2017 in his home. He was born August 27, 1948 in Ottumwa, IA, the son of Kenneth and Josephine (Polhans) Fry in Wyaconda, MO. On August 30, 1969, he married Betty Louise Wurz in Kennewick, WA.John graduated from Wyaconda High School C-1 with the Class of 1966. From there, he enrolled in the "Kiddie Cruise" at the age of 17 and joined the Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam War. For a non-swimmer, this was no easy feat. John loved to share the story of how he barely passed his swim test, literally on the backs of his boot camp buddies.John worked for 33 years as an operator for Ameren Union Electric. Through all those years of shift work, he always did everything he could to attend his children"s school and sporting events. Since his retirement in 2003, John dedicated his time to family by watching as many of his grandsons" games as possible and traveling the U.S. to visit those he loved. He was always thankful for the opportunity provided by Ameren for an early retirement so that he could spend this precious time with family and friends. This also allowed him to travel to pottery conventions and events with his wife, Betty, where they made many wonderful friends.He was best known for his love of family, his humor and his embellished stories. His talents include stirring the pot in the coffee group, leaving a room in stitches, and he was a master of the inconspicuous bird. John was a member of All Saints Parish in Keokuk, IA. He was often heard telling [...]
Danny Leroy Lopez, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away at his home on June 4, 2017. He was born in Independence, Missouri, graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, and served honorably in the United States Army. Dan will be remembered for his love of politics, history and travel. He made a career out of his passion for mission and modern-style art, pottery and furniture. Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Usnick and his brother, Jimmy. His survivors include his wife, Cathy, his father, John and step-mother, Beverly; two sons William and John (Abby); and three grandchildren, Alyssa, Jacob and Alivia. A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Sunday, July 9th from 4 until 7 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be accepted to Wayside Waifs.
Sharon Huxford, along with her husband, were co-authors of "Collector's Book of Weller Pottery" and "Collector's Book of Roseville Pottery, Books I and II" Sharon Elaine Huxford Sharon Elaine Huxford, 77, of Covington died at 6:15 P. M. Tuesday January 3, 2017 at home following an extended illness. She was born December 4, 1939 near Kingman the daughter of Dallas Ray and Irene (Kiger) Newnum. Sharon was a 1957 graduate of Kingman High School and moved to Covington in 1966. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, serving as pianist, in the choir and assisting with Awana. She was a beauty operator for twenty years. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling with her husband. They operated Huxford Enterprises for many years, authoring and publishing books on antiques. Sharon married Bobby Joe Huxford at Covington on August 5, 1966 and he died January 18, 2013. Surviving is a daughter Marka Rae Woolwine of Covington, a son Steven Wayne (Jill “Sare”) Drollinger of Hillsboro; a brother Gary Wayne (Donna) Newnum of Covington, a sister Betty Evans of Crawfordsville; eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Her parents, husband, son Michael Ray Drollinger, and a sister Norma Jean Voorhees preceded her in death. Visitation will be 12:00 P. M. until time of services at 2:00 P. M. Saturday January 7, 2017at First Baptist Church. Pastor Andy Harkleroad will officiate. Burial will be in Coal Creek Cemetery. Memorials requested to First Baptist Church. Shelby Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences to the family: www.shelbyfuneralhome.com
With great sadness, The Los Angeles Pottery Show announces that co-founder and former show producer Ken Stalcup has passed. PHOTO: Ken Stalcup (left) and his partner Dennis Warden (right) Battle with cancer waged with dignity, strength and bravery Ken Stalcup, co-founder of The Los Angeles Pottery Show quietly passed away on January 13th, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Those who know Ken personally describe him as a kind, patient and strong person who will be dearly missed. Ken Stalcup and his longtime partner and recent spouse Dennis Warden started the Los Angeles Pottery Show back in 1999. It began with some friends urging Ken and Dennis to fill a need for collectors and sellers of art pottery to come together at a singular event. An annual event where all could browse, learn, buy, trade and most important of all, meet and socialize within the art pottery community from all across the country. Last year, after a long and successful run as creators and producers of the Los Angeles Pottery Show, Ken & Dennis made the difficult decision to finally retire from the show and enjoy life together. Upon learning of Ken & Dennis' decision to retire from running The Los Angeles Pottery Show, avid art pottery collector and event producer Kyle M. Shiroma approached them with an appeal to continue the show - to not only extend the legacy which they created, but to build the show into something for the next generation of art pottery collectors to enjoy. It was shortly after this happy and exciting time of transition for The Los Angeles Pottery Show that Ken received the terrible diagnosis of terminal cancer. Ken and Dennis looked into every possible treatment available [...]
I am writing to celebrate the life of my friend, and everyone's friend, Joan Dessureau. These few words are not intended as a comprehensive biography, but a fond remembrance of someone well known to all in the AAPA. It always seemed, at a convention, that Joan was the first to give welcome, and the last to send me safely on my way. Countless times, she surprised me at shows, leaving notes of encouragement and delighting me with her company. For many years, Joan proudly served as an AAPA Trustee and unofficial photographer. She and her camera were omnipresent at pottery events. The photos remain as her cherished contribution...the subjects always smiling at the lady behind the camera. Her exquisite taste and knowledge were universally recognized and eagerly sought. She kindly informed me when I had made something especially fine, or when a piece had missed the mark. I never failed to benefit from her observations, and always sought to live up to her standards. It was easy to predict that an exceptional blue-hued vase would find its way into her accomplished hands. Joan was an early and ardent supporter of contemporary potters. In the beginning, we were sometimes regarded with apprehension in the collector community. She was foremost with an encouraging word, eager with genuinely helpful advice, and respectful of our efforts. On one occasion, during a show, she overheard an elderly lady make an unkind remark to me about my work. I laughed it off. Joan, however, with motherly indignation, produced her ubiquitous cane, and extracted major contrition from the offending party. Joan had been a career school teacher. She remained a good teacher throughout her life, and in all her endeavors. She educated, [...]
Dwight Wesley Miller November 07, 1946 – November 09, 2015 Wesley was born on November 7, 1946 in Gainesville to Clarence "Slats" and Gladys (Langford) Miller. He passed away on November 9, 2015 in Pilot Point. Wes attended school in Sivells Bend until entering and graduating from Gainesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Upon returning, he graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas. He was a lifelong artist. He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Konrad "Bill" Shields of Pilot Point; nephew Randy Miller and his wife Lisa of Muenster; great-nephew Garrett Miller of Muenster; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles "Mac" Miller; and brother Carroll Miller.