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Institute for Artists’ Estates

The Institute for Artists' Estates Logo

The Institute for Artists’ Estates Logo

Sometimes when I am just browsing around I come across a nugget. This one in particular got me thinking. The mortality of our ceramic artists, especially over the past year or two, has struck me.
The nugget was an article in the Art Newspaper on the Institute for Artists’ Estates. Hold on, you might say! We are just potters! Maybe some are. But many aren’t just potters. Even in the ceramic world prices are climbing. Many of the heirs or estate managers of ceramic artists are family, just plain folks, with little knowledge of how to appreciate or handle the remaining inventory: its storage and handling, conservation, insuring, marketing, donations, sales and the like. Primary heirs might be steeped in the work and production and might not see them in the same way as collectors, galleries, museums or auction houses. Secondary heirs might not see beyond the cash value.
The Institute’s website has some interesting comments and articles to reflect upon. While the organization might on the surface sound like it is directed at the high end fine art market it has information that all art estate managers, existing or potential, should be thinking about. A book will be published in June 2016 titled The Artist Estate: A Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs, by two of the Institute’s principals, Dr. Loretta Würtenberger and Karl von Trott.
Something to think about.

Mackie and Kuzyk Scavengers and Scoundrels Exhibition, Halifax, to July 13th

Ray Mackie and Debra Kuzyk Exhibition to July 13

Ray Mackie and Debra Kuzyk Exhibition to July 13

If you are in Halifax before July 13th be sure to catch the latest exhibition, Scavengers and Scoundrels. by Ray Mackie and Debra Kuzyk at the Mary Black Gallery.

Or catch a glimpse of their colour, nature and whimsy  on urban wildlife at the Lucky Rabbit Pottery Facebook Page.

Robin Hopper has a New Facebook Page

Robin Hopper's New Facebook Page

Robin Hopper’s New Facebook Page

Robin Hopper continues to  re-invent himself.  He now has a Facebook business page. He is using it not only as an online retrospective view of his work but also as educational material. He has been working on it for about 7 weeks and getting tremendous response.

Click on the link below to see Robin’s newest venture: