Marvin Sweet, author of "The Yixing Effect" passes


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Marvin Sweet, author of "The Yixing Effect" passes

Postby JBaymore » Jul 1st, '10, 09:01

In the "sad news" department................

Thought I'd put a little note in here (not sure where is appropriate) due to his connection to tea and teaware. Some of you may own his book. A friend, colleague, ceramicst, NH ceramics professor, and author...... Marvin Sweet passed away suddenly this past weekend.

Marvin lectured extensively on the history and culture of tea, was a well known expert on, and collector of Yixing ware, and was the author of "The Yixing Effect." Recently he was a featured speaker at the Seattle, WA Public Library for a symposium: "The Yixing Influence on Contemporary American Ceramics". He ran the ceramics program at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, NH and before that taught at UNH.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 3, 1PM at the Essex (MA) Art Center. (http://www.essexartcenter.com/)


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.................john
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Re: Marvin Sweet, author of "The Yixing Effect" passes

Postby rabbit » Jul 1st, '10, 09:36

:'( I'm very sorry to hear about that!
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Re: Marvin Sweet, author of "The Yixing Effect" passes

Postby JBaymore » Jul 3rd, '10, 18:05

This afternoon at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA a ceremony was held to celebrate the life of ceramist, ceramics professor, and author Marvin Sweet . There were many people there from all of the aspects of Marvin's life; family, friends, and colleagues. Many shared great anecdotes that served to show who Marvin really was. As we heard others speak, everyone there likely learned a new little facet of the person we knew. His sense of humor, love of family and friends, and focused passion clearly resonated in all those stories.

Above all else, it was clear that his life touched the lives of many, many others, and that his caring about others was a driving force in his life. Many former students spoke of him having had a profound impact in their lives. Some said "life changing" and even that he "saved my life". He clearly gave much back to the field of ceramics that was his love since the 70's when he discovered clay.

In speaking of the legacy Marvin left behind in the world in both works of his art, his pen, and his human interactions Jay Lacouture said that "He is not gone. He is only dead". As I looked around the room at the ceramic work, the books and magazine articles, and particularly at the people present, the wisdom of those simple words was clear.


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Re: Marvin Sweet, author of "The Yixing Effect" passes

Postby Chip » Jul 4th, '10, 01:08

Sorry for your loss of a friend, and thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: Marvin Sweet, author of "The Yixing Effect" passes

Postby JBaymore » Jul 4th, '10, 08:36

Thanks Rabbit and Chip.

The posting I wrote was appropriate to put here on TeaChat because of his schollarly work on Yixing teapots. The book is excellent of you have not read it.

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