Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by lgillespie
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Lloyd Cotsen, collector and philanthropist, passed away peacefully at home on May 8, 2017.  He lived an extraordinary life for 88 years, with a loving spirit and a generous heart.  We will all miss his judgment and his artistic sensitivity as his vital work continues.   Mr. Cotsen began collecting in the early 1960s, and had a particular interest in fiber art. In 2008, he donated a large collection of baskets by contemporary artists to RAM. This 151 piece collection augmented the...
 
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by lgillespie
RAM has learned, with sadness, of the death on April 7 of John Glick, one of the nation’s most respected studio potters. Glick operated Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in suburban Detroit from 1964 through 2016. He had recently closed the pottery to retire to California with his wife, looking forward to the next stage in his life. Glick was a Detroit native who was born in 1938 and received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1962. His work is infused with a quite sense of experimentation in patterning and glaze...
 
Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by lgillespie
The internationally known art jeweler, Nel Linssen, died on August 1, 2016 in the Netherlands where she lived her entire life. She was born in 1935 and began her art career as a figurative textile artist in the 1970s. Exposure to quilts led to Linssen’s experimentation with paper and its flexibility. Her first exhibition of paper bracelets took place in 1986 and she has since become well-known for using this everyday material to make subtly colored, rhythmically structured neckpieces and bracelets. Her work is particularly noted for the...
 
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by lgillespie
Randall Darwall, one of the finest hand weavers in the US, died Friday, January 13, 2017. Born in 1948, he studied painting but became attracted to the structure of the weaving process early in his career. Over the following decades, he created hand-woven cloth that is surprising in its complex color palette shifts and patterns. Working in silk to develop glowing color surfaces, he has become internationally known for the scarves and shawls made from his lush painterly fabrics. For over 25 years Darwall had also been working collaboratively...