Northwest Designer Craftsmen wishes to take this opportunity to remember our friends and colleagues who are gone but not forgotten. We hope you will join us in recalling their lives and work, and paying respects to the memory that they leave behind.
October 11, 1912- January 14, 2019
Russell Day, artist, teacher, mentor and beloved friend, lived his life as a work of art. He died peacefully in Lacey, Washington on January 14, 2019 at the age of 106.
Russell was well known in the Pacific Northwest as a stained glass and jewelry artist, though his interests ranged from painting and drawing to textile design. To his friends and students, he was a gifted teacher and a man who infused his entire life with artistic pursuit. His clothing, his home, his worldwide travel, all expressed a delight in color, form and fine design. His life was about aesthetics.
Russell graduated with a degree in art from the University of Washington in 1940, completing a MFA degree at UW in the mid-1950’s. After a short stint teaching high school art, he became the first faculty member in art at Everett Community College. He built a department known for its progressive and disciplined approach, leading students to explore technique, content and context, and allowing each student to discover a unique artistic expression. Russell taught and mentored many students who have gained local and national reputations, including Chuck Close, Timothy Ely and Donn Tretheway. Dale Chihuly credits Russell with mentoring his work in glass.
In 1954, Russell founded Northwest Designer Craftsmen with other noted fine craft artists from the Pacific Northwest, including Robert Sperry, Evert Sodergren, and Ruth Penington. NWDC is still active today in its 65th year with some 190 members dedicated to promoting excellence of design and craftsmanship in fine craft. Russell was the organization’s last living founder. So many NWDC members took classes with Russell, benefited from his counsel, travelled with him across the world, and considered him a lifelong friend.
As his legacy, Russell’s glasswork and jewelry enriches the lives of many collectors across the country. His stained glass can be seen in the windows in Everett’s Congregational United Church of Christ.
Russell Day was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marjorie, a fellow teacher and avid world traveller.
Ron Ho, internationally respected art jeweler, died at his Seattle home on September 7, 2017, due to prostate cancer that had spread in his body. He is mourned by family, friends and the arts community. Read more about Ron.
We were deeply saddened to learn that long-time NWDC member Cal Killgore unexpectedly died April 24, 2017. Cal will be deeply missed for his loving warmth, bright smile, cheerful eyes, and for his creativity. For more click here.
Robert Sperry - Founder - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Robert Sperry
Evert Sodergren - Founder - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Evert Sodergren
Hella Skowronski - Founder
Coralynn Pence - Founder
Lizel Salzer - Founder
Henry Lin - Founder
Irene McGowan - Founder
Ruth Penington - Founder
Russell Day - Founder - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Russell Day
Gloria Crouse - Lifetime
Ron Ho (obituary) - Lifetime - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Ron Ho
Anne Hawkins - Lifetime
Jim Egbert - Lifetime
Anne Gould Hauberg - Honorary - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Anne Gould Hauberg
Anne Todd - Honorary
Don Foster - Honorary
Ruth Nomura - Honorary
In memory of our past members:
Carolyn Price Dyer
Hannah M. Voss
Liz Checkley Manfredini
Ramona Solberg - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Ramona Solberg
Robert S. Purser
Richard E. Wrangle