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.

Dina Barzel

Dina Barzel

Dina Barzel

Artist Dina Barzel, 87, known for her finely wrought and monumental fiber sculptures, died on May 20, 2019 at UW Medical Center. A memorial celebration is planned for Spring 2020.

Please send donations in her memory to UW Medical Center:
https://depts.washington.edu/givemed/give/

Or the Northwest Designer Craftsmen: 
https://www.nwdesignercraftsmen.org/nwdc-donations-1#!form/DonateNWDC

Published in The Seattle Times on May 26, 2019


Russell Day

Russell Day

Russell Day

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.


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Ron Ho

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.


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Calvin Killgore

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.


Founding Members:

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

Lifetime Members:

Gloria Crouse - Lifetime

Ron Ho (obituary) - Lifetime - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Ron Ho

Anne Hawkins - Lifetime

Jim Egbert - Lifetime

Honorary Members:

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:

Wendy Anne DeRoux

Inge Norgaard

Ray Ho

Calvin Killgore

Carolyn Price Dyer

Hannah M. Voss

Hazel Koenig

Liz Checkley Manfredini

Luana Sever

Polly Stehman

Ramona Solberg - Click here to watch the “Living Treasures” video about Ramona Solberg

Robert S. Purser

Richard E. Wrangle

Fran Reed

Orville Chatt

Louella Simpson

Jean Griffith