Ronald Floyd Nickel

Ronald Floyd Nickel Ron went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 7,1946 In Sakersfletd, California. He was raised In Shafter, California, and graduated from Wasco High School In 1964. He graduated from Bakersfield College with an Associate's Degree In Agriculture. He married his high school sweetheart In 1965, and they raised their two daughters in Shafter, Califomla, where he farmed for 35 years. Everyone who knew Ron would describe him as hardworking, funny, loving, caring, and passionate about many thIngs. Some of his hobbles Included: making beautiful jewelry,making his famous Jams, collecting antiques, working In his yard, and spending time with his family. He had a great sense of humor, an unforgettable laugh, and always had a positive attitude, even while he was battling cancer. He passed away In his home In Salem, Oregon, where he had lived for the past six years with his wife of 46 years and his granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his parents,Jonas and Doris Nickel, and hls daughter, Rhonda nickel. He Is survived by his loving wife, Juvelyn Nickel; his daughter, Jennifer Nlckel; his grandson, Jeffrey Taxdahl; his granddaughter, Ashley Warren (husband Kenneth Warren); his granddaughter, Destiny Nickel; his grandson, Ryan Plaza; his great·grandson, Bryson Warren; his sister, Karln Grim (husband Marv Grim); his brother, Philip Nickel (wife Donna Nickel); and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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Richard W. Harkrider

Life Long Collector
 Richard W. Harkrider STANBERRY, Mo.— Richard W. Harkrider, 68, was born April 29, 1943, the only child of Roy and Georgia (Porch) Harkrider. He lived life to the fullest until his death at home on July 11, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home. Richard graduated from Stanberry High School in 1961 and joined the Navy in 1962. He was a radio communications specialist involved in covert operations. Following a diving accident which left him paralyzed, Richard recuperated at Hines Veterans Hospital in Chicago, Ill., for three years and eventually returned home to Stanberry. Richard married Carol Giffin on July 29, 1972 in Guilford, Mo. They moved to the Colorado mountains in 1974 where Richard was a computer specialist for the Department of Interior – Bureau of Land Management. Having had their fill of snow and hoping to spend a year without any, they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1986. They returned to Missouri in 1987 where Richard worked as a computer specialist for Ford Aerospace. In his later years, Richard continued using his computer expertise to design, develop and maintain websites. While in Colorado, Richard began a life long love of pottery. He was a nationally recognized expert regarding American Art Pottery. Richard also participated in Regional Veterans Wheelchair Games in Colorado. He was Novice of the Year in 1978 and went on to participate in National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Virginia. In their travels all over the U.S., Richard never met a stranger and would talk for hours about anything and everything. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan and enjoyed getting a reaction when he wore his Bronco cap. He was hopeful that the 2011-2012 [...]

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Kurt L. Wild

Wild, Kurt L. Age 79, of River Falls, WI. Passed away July 12, 2011. Survived by wife, Ruth; children, Laura (Mark) Osberghaus, Erik (Paula) Wild, Joanna (Mike) King and Alys (Jeff Morgan) Wild; 4 grandchildren; brothers, Mark (Karel) and David (Elena). Services will be private. Memorials may be directed to: UW-River Falls Foundation for the Kurt and Ruth Wild Scholarship. Bakken-Young River Falls (715) 425-8788 Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on July 14, 2011

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Dr. Jessie J. Poesch

A Loss to the Newcomb Pottery Family
by on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:53pm Dr. Jessie J. Poesch, considered one of the most renowned scholars of Newcomb Pottery, passed away April 23, 2011 at the age of 88 in New Orleans. It’s being reported by The Times Picayune that her death was a result of surgery complications. Referring to her as a “scholar blessed with unflagging curiosity”, William Ferris, a long time friend of Dr. Poesch, said “…she pioneered the field of Southern decorative arts”. Those closest to her acknowledge her impressive education and ability to speak easily on any number of topics and quickly say it’s her genuine personality and distinct kindness people will remember most. “Brilliance and personal warmth don’t always go together, but she combined them to a rare degree”. Dr. Poesch arrived at Tulane in 1963 and was already considered a pioneer and historian of American art and architecture. The Iowan native graduated from Antioch College in Ohio, at which time she began work with the American Friends Service Committee in France and Germany following World War II. Still dedicated to the importance of education, Dr. Poesch, upon her arrival back to the states, then received her M.A. from the University of Delaware, followed by her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. With her passion for American art pottery, Dr. Poesch made the decision to come south, where she taught History of Art at Newcomb College Art Department, part of Tulane University. It’s said she trained hundreds of students while there and even found time to chair the department between 1972 and 1977. In 1986, she was named to the Maxine and ford Graham Chair. Her official retirement in 1992 [...]

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Artist Toshiko Takaezu

Renowned Hawaii Artist Toshiko Takaezu Dies Toshiko Takaezu, a renowned ceramic artist born on the Big Island, has died at the age of 88. Takaezu died in a convalescent center in Honolulu Tuesday, her sister, Miriam Takaezu, told Civil Beat. She had suffered a stroke last May. A week before her death, Takaezu was able to view a new monograph about her work published by the University of North Carolina Press, the book's editor, Peter Held, curator of Ceramics at Arizona State University Art Museum's Ceramics Research Center, told Civil Beat. The book is titled "The Art of Toshiko Takaezu:In the Language of Silence." "Her career in ceramics mirrors the evolution of the contemporary craft movement in America," Held told Civil Beat. Takaezu taught at Princeton University for 25 years and had a significant impact on several generations of artists, he said. While she left Hawaii to study ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1951, she stayed connected with the islands where she was born and grew up, her sister said. Takaezu was born in Pekeekeo in 1922. She grew up on the Big Island and Maui before moving to Honolulu, where she studied at the University of Hawaii. "Her signature glaze she called Makaha Blue," Held said. "It was informed by the color of sky and ocean. The environment of Hawaii helped form a lot of her aesthetic." Her work is in the collections of many museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Hawaii State Art Museum.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu held a major show of [...]

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John Webster Keefe

John Webster Keefe "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved curator of decorative arts, John Webster Keefe. John joined the New Orleans Museum of Art staff in 1983. Over the years, he curated numerous exhibitions and permanent collection installations and dramatically expanded the scope as well as the quality of our decorative arts collection. His extraordinary passion and encyclopedic knowledge of the visual arts were legendary, as was his quick wit, charm, and sharp sense of humor. His enthusiasm for the arts of the nineteenth century, which he described as 'his beloved century,' transformed the way our audiences viewed the time period and the art. John was a great teacher, a mentor, and a friend to many in the museum community and beyond, and he will be sorely missed." 

- Susan Taylor, Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art

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Robert Judson Clark

JANUARY 05, 2011 Robert Judson Clark Remembered To all who study American Arts and Crafts, a debt is owed Robert Judson Clark. Clark was behind 'The Arts & Crafts Movement in America: 1876-1916,' the landmark 1972 Princeton University exhibit often credited as the catalyst for the revival of American Arts and Crafts. Professor Clark died on Tuesday, Jan. 4, after a long illness. We share the grief of loss and the celebration of life with his family and with the entire Arts and Crafts community. A full remembrance of Robert Judson Clark can be found at Bruce Johnson's website,

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Paul Soldner

JANUARY 04, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times Paul Soldner dies at 89 Ceramicist known for American raku
He stumbled onto the style he became known for, befitting of an artist who celebrated the beauty of the accidental and unpredictable. Paul Soldner, a ceramicist and longtime Scripps College teacher who introduced a pottery technique called American raku, died Monday at his home in Claremont after a period of declining health. He was 89. "He was one of the greats in California ceramics — part of the West Coast scene that came on in the '60s with Peter Voulkos, John Mason and Ken Price," said Doug Casebeer, an artistic director at theAnderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo., which Soldner helped to found. "It was a generation influenced by jazz — the idea of spontaneity and responding to your materials." Born in 1921 in Summerfield, Ill., Soldner moved several times in the Midwest for his father's work as a Mennonite minister. The family landed in the small town of Bluffton, Ohio, where he attended Bluffton College. He didn't by all accounts have a strong interest in art until he enlisted in the Army medical corps during World War II. As he later told his family, his desire to become an artist was ignited by the war, or, more specifically, by seeing beauty emerge from terror in the form of charcoal drawings made by Holocaust victims on the barracks walls of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. "He was really struck by the fact that people in such dire circumstances tried to make beauty out of their lives," said his daughter, Stephanie Soldner Sullivan. As for his Mennonite upbringing, she said that her father and [...]

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Allen May Godding, Jr.

Godding, Allen, Jr. May 25,1946 - September 11, 2010 of Pine City. Allen, a foster parent for over 40 years, died accidentally while visiting family. He will be remembered as a robust, caring, generous man with a huge heart and passion to help others lead a better life. Survived by countless others who loved him. In lieu of memorials, please donate to Toys for Tots (Pine County Christmas).

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Mose Mesre

Mose Mesre, “Uncle Mose” 77, of Zanesville, OH passed away on Sunday August 1, 2010 at Genesis Hospice Morrison House.
Mose was born on December 22, 1932 in Zanesville to the late Samuel and Mary Makhool- Mesre. Mose was retired from the Zanesville Times Recorder as a Photographer. Following his retirement he went on to work for The Conn’s Potato Chip Company for 32 years. Uncle Mose was well known for his commercials on Whiz-TV featuring Conns’ Potato Chips. Mose served our country and protected our freedom by serving in the US Army. His passions involved researching the history of Zanesville and the local pottery. He was an avid pottery collector and was instrumental in the development of local pottery festivals. He was a devout Christian and was dedicated to helping others. He was a member of the South Zanesville Church of The Nararene. Mose is survived by three brothers Nick Mesre, Herb Mesre, and George Mesre, a sister Marguerite Mesre all of Zanesville. A niece Jodi (Rich) Witte, a nephew Sam Mesre, and two great nieces Anna and Rachel Witte.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters Josephine Mesre and Yvonne Mesre. The family would like to thank Dr. Raul Hernandez for his many years of caring for Mose, and Genesis Hospice for their love and care they provided during his last days. To send a note of condolence to the family and click obituaries.

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