Edwin R. Clark II died on Sunday, September 25 under Hospice care in his home in Potsdam, NY. He was born in Meridian, MS on May 13, 1945. He grew up in South Norwalk, CT, the eldest of eight children of Edwin R. Clark, Sr. and Melinda (Ruta) Clark.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1967. He was drafted and served in the Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina during the Vietnam War. He worked as an art educator in Westport, Connecticut Elementary Schools until 1975 when he left to study art and Spanish in Mexico. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture in 1981 from the Instituto Allende, University of Guanajuato in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
Ed Clark was an innovator in many artistic media including handmade paper, the book arts, photography, ceramics, glass and the performing arts; of note was his storytelling with the mouth harp and musical saw.
His miniature books are collected in the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the Houton Library, Harvard University, the University of Iowa Library and various library and private collections in Mexico, Canada, the UK, France and USA.
He is survived by his partner of 30 years, Kimberley Bouchard; and his two children, Francisco C. Clark-Bouchard and Carmelinda P. Clark-Bouchard; four brothers and three sisters and 18 brothers- and sisters-in-law; and 36 nieces and nephews.
A service of interment will take place at the Mound Hill Cemetery in Nicholville, on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m. Calling hours with the family will be on Wednesday, September 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend either or both events. A Memorial Service of Celebration and Dance Party will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam.