Victor Spinski died on Jan. 21, 2013 surrounded by family. Victor, 72, was born in Poland in 1940, escaped the Nazi occupation with his late parents, Josef and Sofia Spinski, and spent his early childhood living in refugee camps and military bases throughout Europe as his father worked for the Allies and underground resistance.
Victor immigrated to the United States with his family after WWII
, first settling in Brooklyn, NY, and then moving to Newton, Kansas. Fluent in Russian and Polish, Victor went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Russian Literature at Emporia State University and then served in the United States Marine Corps
during the Vietnam War
After sustaining serious injuries in combat and months of rehabilitation, Victor attended Indiana University
and earned his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics. In 1968 he moved to Newark, DE to begin his 38-year tenure as Professor of Ceramics at the University of Delaware.
Victor distinguished himself as one of the foremost ceramic artists of the 20th Century, specializing in the genre of trompe l'oeil or "fool the eye". Victor's work has been exhibited and is in permanent collections across the United States and all over the world, including The Museum of Contemporary Crafts, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, the American Craft Museum, and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts.
Victor Spinski was a devoted husband, a loving father, an environmentalist, animal-lover and humanitarian, to name a few. His vision and influence in the ceramic art world will be felt for generations to come and his passing has left a hole in the hearts of too many to mention.
Victor is survived by his loving wife, Sally Van Orden, son, Tristan Spinski, daughter-in-law Sarah Spinski, two dogs, three stray cats, a flock of crows, and an undetermined number squirrels, groundhogs and mice.
A memorial service for Victor Spinski will be held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1 pm where friends and family may call beginning at 12 noon. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (www.donkeyrescue.org
) c/o the funeral home.www.rtfoard.com
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