In Remembrance: L. Brent Kington & Clare Morison

February 11, 2013

Brent Kington.

L. Brent Kington

Brent Kington.The legendary blacksmith, L. Brent Kington passed away on Thursday February 7.  Brent was one of the founding members of SNAG, the first SNAG President, and the recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.  He built the metals dept at Southern Illl. Univ at Carbondale in the late 60s and early 70s. He brought blacksmthing into the program and it is today still the only school that offers an MFA in Blacksmithing.

he has a long record of accomplishments as educator, blacksmith master and mentor.  He has also received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America, and received the Gold Medal from the American Craft Council.

For more information on Brent Kington’s life and work read the transcript of an interview conducted by Mary Douglas for the Archives of American Art, Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, for the Smithsonian Institution at


Clare Morison

Clare MorisonGrosse Pointe Park resident Clare Morison died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the age of 66.  Clare was pre-deceased by her long-time partner, Phillip Fike, professor and head of the Metal Arts Department at Wayne State University, and a founding member of SNAG.

Widely known for her artistic talents, she developed “Studio Clare” into a thriving business to create and market wax and metal art work. She developed innovative technologies such as high-temperature wax to expedite her work. Some of her ornamental works have won prize recognition as serious works of art. She also crewed on the beloved family sailboat, Sunshine, a frequent competitor in the Bayview/Mackinaw race and worked tirelessly on its upkeep as a true labor of love.  Claire was also an enthusiastic participant for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Clare Morison very generously left a $10,000 bequest to SNAG, naming the organization as the beneficiary of one of her IRA’s.  We are deeply grateful for her support.


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