We were saddened to learn this past week that Mikail Zakin passed away after a short illness. She spent the last part of her summer teaching at Castle Hill on the Cape and encouraged her students to keep going and growing their work in clay. Mikail was the co-founder and president of Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, New Jersey. She helped teach and inspire two generations of potters. She was a force right up to the end of her 92 years. Anne Bailey was involved in the early pottery shows that were organized by Mikail Zakin and Karen Karnes at Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, New Jersey. These shows still go on today.
"Mikail was such an inspiration to so many potters. When the shows at Old Church first began back in the 1970's, we would all gather at Mikail's house for dinner to share stories and food. Mikail along with Karen were strong advocates for the creative life and helped many aspiring young potters find their way. When I last saw Mikhail last year she was as sharp and interesting as ever! She will be greatly missed."
A memorial service will be held at the:
Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ on October 6 at 6:00 PM
Click here for the Old Church website for more information: http://tasoc.org/