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.
George S. “Dod” Stewart, Jr. of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015. Dod was an artist, musician, avid art collector, pottery collector and patron of the arts. Professionally, he was internationally known in the organ transplant community. Dod was Vice President of the AAPA from 1999 to 2001 and its President from 2001 to 2003. Dod was afflicted with Huntington’s disease and his health had been declining for several years, but despite his physical challenges he desperately wanted to attend the Pottery Lovers annual gathering in Zanesville Ohio in early July. He brought his beloved pots, saw his friends, and delighted us all once again with his wonderful presence and delightful sense of honor. Less than a week after returning to his home in Slidell, Louisiana, Dod passed away peacefully. Attempting to sum up a life such as his is impossible and so, we let the tributes of his life long friends express their thoughts on hearing of his passing. “…yet though we mourn and mourn, a good man never dies.” – James Whitcomb Riley “He will be missed. He was a classmate of mine and I am so happy that he came to our 50th class reunion, Slidell High School Class of 1965, this past May. It was an honor to call him my friend. I was a thrilled in my early days of collecting Shearwater to help him set up all his super rare pots for the show in Florida. Such a generous person and a hoot too. It’s been a very long time since seeing, Dod, but we all were next door neighbors growing up for many years, hopped the fence many times, so sad and I know he [...]
James Felming, of Mt. Washington, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at the age of 67. He is survived by his sister, Susanne (Tom) Sebree of Anderson Township, his brother, Richard Fleming, of Nashville, Tennessee, and his friend and former wife, Nancy LeClair. He is also survived by many dear family and friends. He was a proud graduate of St. Xavier High School, The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Jim retired from the Hamilton County Adult Probation Department and after that he worked at Cincinnati Art Galleries specializing in Rookwood Pottery. He was on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Washington Community Council and was a volunteer for Citizens on Patrol. Per his request, his body was donated to The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. A memorial Mass will take place at Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington, on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jim brought us love and laughter and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association , 5211 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45227. Condolences may be expressed at www.tpwhite.com
David D. Dilley, age 43, of Marion died Friday, September, 19, 2014. He was born in Marion, Indiana to the late Jerry “JD” Dilley and Deborah Ann (Scott) Sprinkle, and she survives. David was a 1990 graduate of Marion High School. He loved landscaping, gardening, flowers, and cats. He was a Heager pottery enthusiast and enjoyed antiques. While working for L.W. Books, David published books about Heager pottery. He was an awesome Uncle and loved his nieces and nephews. Survivors include mom, Deborah Sprinkle of North Carolina; step-mom, Terrie Dilley of Marion; sister, Andréa Dilley of Marion; nieces, Kristin Nemes and Laney Joseph; nephew, Chase Cox; partner, Daniel Frey; and many aunts and uncles. Preceding him in death are his father, Jerry “JD” Dilley and grandparents, Mary and Harry Dilley and Harmon and Rose Mary Benbow and uncle Richard Dilley. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 6:00 p.m., at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 Kem Road, Marion, Indiana. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Howard Clayton officiating. Online Condolences may be made at www.ravenchoate.com.