My dear mother in law, Joan Harper, passed away last night just shy of her 82nd birthday. We have been good friends for twenty five years She gave me so much encouragement with my pottery passion over the years. I don't think that I would have taken the leap to become a full time potter without her influence. I thought that when I told her the news that I had decided to leave my long career in printing to become a full time potter that she would disapprove as she probably should have. She was so delighted though. And she shared my joy many times over the last ten years, when I made a mug for someone famous, or when I got a big order from a well known company, things like that. Most everyone who knew her would feel like they had a successful life if they accomplished half of what she did. I think maybe that is what she saw in me was my willingness to work my butt off to make something successful. We were kindred spirits that way.
Dear Joan, may you rest in peace. The world has just lost a great soul and you will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know you. You touched thousands of lives in a positive way with your love, attention, dedication, and hard work. You believed in every one of the students you taught at Humboldt State University over the years, you gave your love to all, and you deserve so much in return for what you gave to so, so many. We will miss you but you will live on in our hearts and in stories.
Thank you for everything you did in your life. From the bottom of my heart, love Owen.
PS I still think the Yankees suck, but you already know that!