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Richard Zakin

Syracuse, New York

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Richard Zakin died peacefully in his sleep on April 5, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 81 years old. He exhibited ceramic work, drawings, and graphic work in locales throughout New York state (Everson Museum, Syracuse; the Greenwich House Pottery, NY), the United States (Fort Worth, Texas;...

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Richard Zakin was always around Tyler Hall when I got my art degree and inspired me to go into the Art Edu program at Oswego. He was so friendly, and always so interesting to talk to about his travels, his or his wife's work. That smile! Just so kind. He was making his playful plates with abstracted portrait or still life underglaze designs and rinsed his paint brushes in his recycled dofu containers. He loved good food and talking to people. He was loved and is missed.

When Richard retired from teaching I took his place at SUNY Oswego. I remember thinking then that I had some big shoes to fill. We became fast friends though, went on many adventures together visiting museums, galleries and he came back to Toronto with me a couple times when I was living there. Richard became an inspiration for me, he was driven to always be making artwork, but also always approaching his projects intellectually, thinking about how he could write about them to share his...

I met Richard in the late 70s. We became instant friends.
In the intervening years we shared many fine meals (mostly Indian & Chinese), travelled through the hill town of central Italy and had many long conversations in person and over the phone which covered a variety of subjects. That was the thing about Richard, his interests were varied, he could talk about anything and he did.
I will miss my friend, his support and his wit.
My condolences to Helen and his family.

A fine scholar and a fine man. My sympathies to his grieving family.
Meredith Lillich
Syracuse, NY

I especially remember Richard when he joined Helen and me in St. Petersburg just after Glasnost, and used his Russian to find food for our evening meals. He particularly enjoyed posing next to the few remaining statues of his look-alike, Lenin. He had a great spirit.
Madeline Caviness

I will always be grateful for Richard's friendship during my year in Oswego. He brought warmth, food, music, and clay dust into my life. I will play Thomas Tallis's "Spem in Alium," which I first heard in his office, in his memory.

I took several course and workshops with Richard. He was a wonderful and inspiring teacher and a wonderful man.
His classes were not only fun but I learned so much.
My heart goes out to all of you!
You have my deepest sympathy,
June Ross Ogdensburg, NY

Thank you for being such a good friend to my daughter Julieve Jubin at SUNY Oswego. You will always be cherished in her memory.

Even though I never met him, his book Electric Kiln Ceramics inspired me to be the potter I am today. I was getting a ceramics degree and was wondering how I could ever afford a gas kiln. Then I read his book and believed that the future of pottery was Cone 6 oxidation fired glazes. There are now thousands of electric kiln potters out there now thanks to Richard Zakin.

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