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DICK MASTERSON The loved and admired potter and artist, Dick Masterson, of Santa Fe passed on at his home, on September 28, 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Richard Lee Masterson, 73, was born to Merle and Annabel Masterson on March 13, 1940, in Lawrence, KS. When Dick was 7 years old, the Masterson family moved to the North Valley in Albuquerque, NM. His interests in art and love of animals, became his lifelong passions. Dick attended the University of New Mexico, receiving a BFA in Fine Arts in 1962, followed by additional study of painting in graduate school. Dick made his living as a potter for nearly 50 years. In 1997 he married Holly Masterson, also an artist, and they resided in the home and studios he built in La Cienega. Dick's stoneware and porcelain pottery were primarily utilitarian and he liked that they were used on a daily basis by hundreds of people. A special line of his work was carried by The Chile Shop, in Santa Fe. For many years, on Thanksgiving weekend, he and Holly hosted an Open House, which brought hundreds of locals and tourists to their home and studio. As an expert craftsman, he also taught pottery at Santa Fe Clay. His other interests were numerous, including Arabian horses, goats, gardening and poultry. Several years were spent brewing award-winning beer and in his fifties, fly-fishing became a favorite pastime. For many days, he enjoyed tossing flies of his own making, to wild trout on the upper Pecos River. In addition, he was a founding member of several poker groups, that had as much to do with food and laughter as it did playing cards. His enjoyment of life, his family, his friends and his art was infectious. His talent, generosity, and good humor will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Holly Masterson of Santa Fe; his mother, Annabel Rapp of Socorro; his brother, William Masterson of Socorro. He had three children, Anna Masterson of Santa fe, Jessica Gettemy of Houston, Joshua Masterson of Seattle and a stepdaughter, Cailen Hollenback of Carbondale, CO, as well as total of nine grandchildren. A family memorial will be held at a future date.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900