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NATIONAL COUNCIL ON EDUCATION FOR THE CERAMIC ARTS     Malcolm Davis: 1937 - 2011

NCECA 2012, 46th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 28 - March 31 : Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, WA 98101-2350

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THANK YOU, MALCOLM DAVIS October 17, 1937- December 11, 2011


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THANK YOU, MALCOLM DAVIS
October 17, 1937- December 12, 2011

Malcolm

        It may only be when learning of unanticipated loss that overwhelming sadness brushes so assuredly against reverential grace. NCECA shared such a moment with many of you when early this morning we began to receive phone calls and e-mail messages informing us of the passing of Malcolm Davis.

        Dear friend, mentor and inspiration to thousands working in clay, Malcolm's life journey served as an exemplar for many who have chosen the path of the publicly engaged studio potter. As a humanitarian and potter, Malcolm somehow managed to seamlessly interweave strands of altruism, idealism, pragmatism and improvisation. He taught us what was required to lead a meaningful life as a maker, teacher and friend. In the process, he shared with us lyrical, carbon-kissed pots that came from his own hands, raised our awareness of the great works made by others, and generously gifted his knowledge, passion and love for material, process, meaningful moments and human connection. In the introduction of his closing lecture for NCECA's 2010 Conference in Philadelphia, entitled How Did I End Up Here?, Malcolm shared...

The earth binds us potters to one another; none of us are here without the other, so gratitude must be paid to this community of makers and creators... And then there is The Clay. None of us would be here today, struggling and surviving, creating and making, if it weren't for the power of the living earth that seduces, sustains and keeps us growing. Thanks to The Clay, to all those workers and makers over the millennia who paved our way.

       Malcolm attended his first NCECA event when he was brand new to clay in 1979 at Penn State University. In the weeks prior to his passing, Malcolm was working and communicating with NCECA to gather information and craft presentations for the Past Masters program being planned for the 2012 conference in Seattle. Malcolm's heart and spirit will be with us, although not in the manner we had planned. All of us who had the pleasure of knowing Malcolm will sadly miss him. As we make moments to meditate on the life he so richly crafted and selflessly shared, we know that Malcolm would want us all to go to the studio, touch the clay and make contact once again with a friend.

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