Robin Hopper & John Glick Have Passed AwayRobin Hopper
Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:08 PM
Whether in person, in writing or in videos he truly loved to share his joy of pottery. He was a definite presence wherever he went!
I did not know John Glick personally, but know his pottery and admire his long pottery life and legacy.
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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:21 PM
I knew that Robin Hopper was ailing(cancer), but I did not know that John Glick had passed away, last I had heard he had closed the website and the studio to move to a retirement community. In shock. . . John Glick was one of those I really looked up to, and I have owned and read all of Robin's books that I could get my hands on.
Posted 07 April 2017 - 05:46 PM
I got Robin's Swan song , DVD last year. He was a brilliant potter. They both were.
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Posted 07 April 2017 - 06:47 PM
I cannot find anything of John Glick passing. The Legacy show ended March 2017. He was closing up the studio, retiring, but cannot find anything of his passing?
Posted 07 April 2017 - 07:48 PM
That is too bad. I have used a lot of Robin's advice- he was fun to watch & listen to.
Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:21 PM
I met Robin Hopper at NCECA in Fort Worth, Texas. There was a big line of people checking in to the hotel and we both decided to retreat to a sofa in the lobby. I was still in school and wasn't real familiar with his work. When he introduced himself I said Oh I have read your book, he said how did you like it? Taken aback about meeting him I said it was OK, he just smiled and we went our separate ways. I know that he has been ill for a long time, I am glad he isn't suffering anymore. Denice
Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:54 PM
His son posted this on Facebook.
John Glick, one of the last of a grand generation of full-time studio potters, died suddenly on April 6 of a torn aorta. Known nationally and internationally for his abstract expressionist style with functional ceramics and sculpture, he shared every advancement of his knowledge about clay, photography, studio equipment and related issues throughout his career through his writings, workshops, and 35-year long studio residencies for young ceramic artists. His warmth, fantastic sense of humor, gentleness and giving personality will be missed by all who had the privilege to have crossed his path. http://plumtreepotte...cyOnLine11aRFS/
Posted 08 April 2017 - 08:36 AM
was lucky enough to have a workshop experience with each of them. met john several times at his plumtree studio, it was close to my sister's house. bought several things from there.
robin had a workshop here in florida and i attended with a friend who came all the way down from wv to be there. i have a sliver of the marbled clay he cut off his example pot. and a cream and sugar.
like all the other big names from years ago, i thought they would be there, somehow, forever.
Posted 08 April 2017 - 09:36 AM
In the mid 80's I traveled by train to Chicago for a weekend by myself. I had permission from the school district to go, and some conference reimbursement coming after a written report of my trip. It was a 3 day weekend thing that I had planned out for several months after seeing an ad somewhere for a John Glick demonstration, I think it was all day Saturday. Seems the week before I fell, and broke my glasses-broken lens on the right that I glued together with super glue. Then the 2 days before the trip, I got the flu. Sicker than heck, but did not want to give up the trip. Went anyway. Road the train in coach, got to a rental car, went to a Red Roof Inn, and laid down before going to dinner. Uhh, slept the entire night through. Got around and had breakfast, and drove to A.R.T. Getting there just as things started to happen. Spent an entire day completely amazed at what he was doing on the wheel, with handbuilding extrusion and all else. I could not have picked up more taking an entire course at any campus.
Later back home, I had the shop teacher help me make some boxes for handbuilding ala Glick, and used them as the basis for projects in handbuilding for many years. I also taught much about layers of underglazes and glazes over the years to my students. Personally even though I never copied his style, I was highly influenced by it, trying to pull pieces together in my own way.
I first became aware of John Glick when reading an article about him doing the dinnerware set for the Mondales when Vice president. I have kept track of his career over the years, and got to meet up with him, and speak to him on a personal level at Randolph Arts Center when he "demo"ed the Spring conference in 2014 or 15. He never failed to amaze me, and I am so glad that I was able to meet him. Fantastic potter! I will truly miss him.
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