Thursday, January 7, 2021

Memorial for Jeff Kleckner Pottery online


From Terry Gess: Memorial for Jeff Kleckner Pottery online

Happy New Year to you.

We’re honored to announce the launch of our website tribute to our potter-friend Jeff Kleckner who passed away late August, 2020. More than 25 of his fellow potters, collectors, gallery clients, former teachers and students have submitted tributes and recollections in his honor. There’s lovely, perceptive insights, lots of respect, as well as some hilariously-recalled encounters with Jeff from good folks fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. Lots of old and new photos of Jeff Kleckner and his work. See young Jeff way back when in art school!

Here’s how potter Mark Shapiro begins his contribution:
"It kills me to think of the guy gone. Kleckner. His droll voice: nasal and magnetic. His stories, his self-deprecating humor. The world was all a hopeless mess, full of missed opportunities and crappy deals, intentions impure or gone awry: his, ours, everyone’s. Making pottery was the most noble gesture he could come up with. Jeff was way ahead of most people understanding the now commonplace concept of precarity, whether it was the gig economy of adjuncting, the unpredictability of craft-show juries and sales, or the scant remuneration and micro-humiliations of wholesaling to galleries. But he made the indignities funny, too, savoring the ironies and the (perhaps too rare) pleasures of sharing them with colleagues and friends."

Visit the site: https://jeff-kleckner-pottery-tribute.weebly.com

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