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Brian Blanthorn
03-07-2012, 03:49 AM
Brian Blanthorn 14/9/1957 29/2/2012

I am very sorry to have to post this to you all on a message board, but I have no way of contacting you all:

Brian Blanthorn died on Wednesday 29 February 2012 at his home in Shanklin, I.O.W, following a two year fight with cancer.

Obituary: http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/67375/brian-blanthorn-14-9-1957-29-2-2012

Pauline Journeaux

Dave Bross
03-07-2012, 05:08 AM
Sad news for so early in the AM but at least it looks like he didn't have to suffer for too long.

The more I wonder about why we're here, the more it seems it's all about creativity and kindness...which very much defined Brian.

Where ever we all go next, I'm sure he'll be very welcome.

Rosanna Gusler
03-07-2012, 06:48 AM
darn. i think i need to plant a plum tree. rest in peace . rosanna, edit. makes you think. got up this am. beautiful, no wind, low tide at 1pm. great day to go get some oysters. thought no i should go work on whatever. well, goin oystering now.

Pete VanderLaan
03-07-2012, 07:05 AM
I am bummed. I wrote to him last week. We knew it was getting close.

Sandy Dukeshire
03-07-2012, 09:43 AM
poor jenny..so sorry for her.
wish i knew his time was that short. last time he wrote me he said a breast signing pen was not worth dying for but maybe a Henry doll. its half finished. my hope was pete could take it to him in april so we could hear first hand how it made him smile, perhaps laugh, and the laplanderish comments that would follow.

he will be missed.

Brice Turnbull
03-07-2012, 11:23 AM
Thank you for letting us know Pauline.

Very sorry to hear of Brian's passing, but glad he was here :)

Brice Turnbull

Rich Samuel
03-07-2012, 12:42 PM
Jenny, please accept my condolences. Although I never met Brian, I feel I knew him through his unique style of posting on this board. The glass world has become less colorful with his passing. May he rest in peace, and may you find solace in knowing how well-loved Brian was by his friends and colleagues.

Alexander Adams
03-07-2012, 01:19 PM
RIP Brian, you will be missed by all.

Eben Horton
03-07-2012, 01:31 PM
such a great and generous man. I will never forget him. My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to his family.

Rollin Karg
03-07-2012, 04:59 PM
I enjoyed his posts here and he was a really nice guy in person too. We're going to miss him.
RIP brother.

Marty Kremer
03-07-2012, 08:55 PM
Mangler of language
Generous fused glass master
Brian, we'll miss you.

Greg Vriethoff
03-08-2012, 12:01 AM
Rest in peace kind sir. You will be missed.

Jordan Kube
03-08-2012, 12:14 AM
I couldn't have said it better Marty.

Franklin Sankar
03-08-2012, 06:03 AM
We shared glass , the same Queen and a coco ball. Thanks Brian for leaving some of you in your web site. I will cherish it always.

Hugh Jenkins
03-09-2012, 01:21 AM
I think we lost the poet of the group. Generosity, flamboyance, experience and knowledge are a wonderful combination.

I have done a partial search of what Brian wrote here and it is a wonderful and unique read. An absolutely special style with language.

Travis Frink
03-09-2012, 03:20 AM
I Will miss his use of language that reveals more upon each reading. Such writers and people are rare and valuable. I feel fortunate to have met Brian here and wish it had been in person.

Tom Clifton
03-10-2012, 06:41 PM
As a newcomer to the forum, I only know him through the archives and enjoyed his musings as much as the replies. Clearly one of a kind, and a tough act to follow. The world needs more like him.

Barb Sanderson
03-10-2012, 09:07 PM
I'm not sure how many of you are aware but there is a Brian Blanthorn memorial donation page here:


Ben Solwitz
03-11-2012, 02:32 PM
I remember when I first read some of his posts I sort of dismissed him as weird and too hard to understand, and ignored him for a while. Fortunately I realized very quickly that he just had an unorthodox way of communicating, and a lot of interesting stuff to say. He will be missed.

Pete VanderLaan
03-11-2012, 03:16 PM
Brian was very well thought of in England, having work in major museum collections there. I loved his sense of humor and his dedication to the science of glass as well. He went quiet way too soon. My thoughts are often with Jenny and the kids.