In Remembrance

In Remembrance: Edith Sommer

Edith Sommer passed away in February 2015. Her path as an artist began in the early ’50s, and jewelry was her biggest passion. Sommer was a long-time SNAG member.

In Remembrance: J. Fred Woell

It is with sadness that we share the passing of another metalsmith. J. Fred Woell died April 2, 2015 at his home in Deer Isle, Maine. He was 81.

In Remembrance: Bobby Hansson

Bobby Hansson passed away in March 2015. Hansson was a photographer, author, teacher, tin-can art genius, filmmaker, blacksmith, and more.

In Remembrance: Manfred Bischoff

Manfred Bischoff (1947-2015) was one of the great goldsmiths of Europe. Born in Germany, Bischoff lived and worked in Munich and Berlin before relocating to Italy.

In Remembrance: Daniel Frye

Daniel Frye, a metal artisan and widely respected teacher who was an art professor at California State University, Sacramento, died in July 2014. Frye was an accomplished artist in metals and reinvigorated the metals and jewelry program at CSUS.

In Remembrance: Ivan Bailey

Renowned Blacksmith Ivan Bailey, a Georgia artist and teacher widely considered one of America’s greatest artistic blacksmiths, passed away at his farm in Monticello on September 9, 2013.

In Remembrance: Phil London

Longtime goldsmith Phil London passed away late last month. Phil was not only the founder and longtime president of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, he founded the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, as well as founded the non-profit, Disability Alternatives, which taught jewelry arts to those with physical limitations. Phil London was the second person to be awarded The National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame award which honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of artists, educators and patrons that support the metal arts as well as receiving the PMC Fusion award for his work with Disability Alternatives. Phil is survived by his wife Vickie London.

In Remembrance: Florence Resnikoff

Jeweler, sculptor, and teacher, Florence Resnikoff, passed away in early April. Born in 1920, Resnikoff began exploring jewelry and enameling through adult education courses while working as a registered medical technician in Chicago in the 1940s. After moving to Palo Alto in the early ‘50s, her work grew in leaps and bounds. Resnikoff met Margaret de Patta through the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, who became a significant influence in her work. She returned to school, receiving her BFA in Sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA in Art from San Jose State University. She also furthered her studies at the Royal College of Art, and with Stanley Lechtzin at Tyler School of Art.

2005 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, In Remembrance: John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller, the revered Cleveland Institute of Art professor and one of America’s greatest goldsmiths, passed away this weekend. Miller designed exquisitely crafted brooches, pendants and rings. His work has been compared to those of Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Miller’s body of work was also collected by notables including the late New York art dealer Lawrence Fleischman and the late Sherman Lee, a a former director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In Remembrance: L. Brent Kington & Clare Morison

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.

Grosse 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.

In Remembrance: Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge, Director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, died on September 8, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Bill joined Cooper-Hewitt at a critical juncture, overseeing the completion of a $54 million fundraising campaign for the Museum’s…

In Remembrance: Harold B. “Bill” Helwig

Written by Harold Nelson, provided courtesy of the Enamel Arts Foundation Harold B. “Bill” Helwig (1938–2012), a masterful artist and widely respected educator, passed away in Newport, Kentucky on July 12, 2012.  Best known for his extraordinarily well-crafted enamels done…

In Remembrance: merry renk

Written by Baunnie Sea and Jennifer Cross Gans merry renk was born in New Jersey in 1921. While in high school she attended Fine Art classes at the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton, NJ. She attended the Institute of…

In Remembrance: Garret DeRuiter

Obituary written by Richard Mawdsley It is with great sadness we report the death of friend Garret DeRuiter, former SNAG board member and the first Editor of the SNAG Newsletter, after a three-year battle with bladder cancer. He fought this…

In Remembrance: William N. Frederick

William Frederick passed away on May 11, 2012. In 1946, Frederick began pursuing his BFA and MFA degrees in Art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, where he subsequently taught for six years. He was a member of…

In Remembrance: Grant Sarver

Grant Sarver passed away on January 2, 2012 due to an aortic aneurism. He was a Founding Member of the NorthWest Blacksmith Association, past NWBA Board Member, and a very gracious supporter and contributor to their organization and the world of blacksmithing.

In Remembrance: Jan Peters

Jan Peters, a prominent figure in the American craft movement, passed away December 5, 2011 in Los Angeles after a twelve-year battle with cancer. She was 64.

In Remembrance: William Gasparrini

William Gasparrini passed away January 6, 2012. He was the owner of Post Road Iron Works in Greenwich, CT.

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