Karen Michelle Guido

Karen Michelle Guido, 53, died Dec. 5, 2012, at the Bailey Center in St. Augustine. She is survived by her husband, Gregg Paumen; her mother and father, Grace and Al Guido; her grandmother, Elizabeth Amato, and a host of devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A graduate of Rider College, she was considered to be an authority on 19th and 20th Century antique tiles and their manufacturers. She pursued this passion in California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. She and her husband Gregg operated Tinicum Designs, LLC. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Bailey Center, 200 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32086. Services will be private. Published in St. Augustine Record on December 6, 2012

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In Memory of Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray, author, publisher and lifetime Arts and Crafts collector, passed away on Saturday, October 27, after a long battle with cancer. Stephen was among a small band of collectors who recognized as far back as the early 1970s the importance of the American Arts and Crafts movement. At a time when now-familiar names such as Gustav Stickley, William Grueby and Elbert Hubbard had long been forgotten, Stephen not only began collecting their work for his own home, but encouraged other collectors to pursue it as well. One of Stephen Gray's earliest passions were the original sales catalogs that Gustav Stickley, Charles Limbert, L. & J.G. Stickley and the Roycrofters had printed and distributed. These small paperback booklets were never intended to be preserved for posterity, and nearly all were eventually discarded and destroyed. Recognizing their importance, especially in identifying unsigned pieces, Stephen bought, begged and borrowed any of those rare, original catalogs which he could find. So did other early collectors and dealers, but whereas many of them were intent on using the information for their own benefit, Stephen made the decision -- for which he was often criticized by them -- to share that information with tens of thousands of other collectors and dealers across the country. Drawing upon his own experience in the printing business, Stephen formed Turn of the Century Editions and began publishing authentic reprints of several of these early sales catalogs. Nearly all remain in print today, along with Turn of the Century Editions, a testament to Stephen Gray's vision. Always willing to share both his information and his collection with others, Stephen opened the doors to his home for authors, photographers and collectors. His discerning eye for detail, [...]

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James L. Murphy

James L. Murphy, born July 3, 1941 passed away Monday morning, October 8, 2012 at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio, after eight years of a courageous battle with cancer. James was preceded in death by his mother Thelma Matthews Murphy and his father George Murphy. He is survived by his loving sister, Patricia (Bryan) Isreal; brother, George (Darla) Murphy; and many nieces and nephews. Jim had many admirers and several close friends Steve Rogers and Joan Jones. Also surviving is a long time companion and friend John A. Stauffer. Jim was an avid archeologist. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Archeologist Society of Ohio. He was also a large collector of all types of Ohio Pottery. Jim retired from 30 years of services from the State of Ohio. A short period of time at the Ohio Historical Society and approximately 24 years at the OSU library. Jim was a wonderful person and will be missed by a lot of family and close friends. Arrangements completed with THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME Grove City. Online condolences can be left at Published in The Columbus Dispatch on October 16, 2012

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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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