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“I knew Victor since I was high school student. He was a good friend of my father's, Fred Kessler. I am very saddened to hear of this news, and I...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Jeff Kessler - Swedesboro, NJ

“Well Victor, so long pal. Can it really be 30 years? My dear dear friend and I drove across Canada and America in the winter to arrive at...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Bill Peck - Santa Clara, CA

“Sally, we were so saddened to hear of Victor's passing. Although Patrick was his room mate at Bryn Mawr Rehab for a short time, he made an impact on...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Georgette and Patrick Twiss - PA

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Victor's passing. He will be greatly missed. I will always remember his great stories at the Deer Park. He was a...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Bruce Garrity - Penns Grove, NJ

“VS Paint Company- Victor, you are one of my BFF and that also includes Sally. You have set the bar very high . You will be for ever remember by...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Alpert - MA - relative

“I recieved a call late one night from a professor Spinski telling me I have been accepted but he could not edplain at the moment because of a thunder...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Lee Leal - woodbridge, VA

“Thanks Victor, for giving me the space to loose myself in that wacky and wonderful ceramic studio called perfelope. Yours was the original 70s show...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Peter Mears - Austin, TX

“I took ceramics with Victor Spinski probably in 1970-72. I, to this day, teach my students based on how Victor taught me. I remember walking into...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara Nidzgorski - Niantic, CT

“Thanks so much, Victor- one of the fairest and kindest men we knew. You went out of your way to help us make ourselves at home. We'll miss you. ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Keith & Liz - Newark, DE

“I write my condolences to Victor's wife, his family, his students, colleagues, fellow visual artists and friends. We have lost a truly gifted...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Hilton Brown - Wilmington, DE

“Dear Sally and family: I was deeply saddened to read of Victor's passing. I will never forget how everytime I went by the house & he would be out...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Maria Garbayo - Newark, DE

“Dear Sally & Family: I was so sad to learn of Victors passing. I absolutely loved working with Vic over the past 10 years or so - he was always so...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Anne Menaquale - Bear, DE

“Honestly, no senior faculty member was more important to my advancement in the Department than Victor was. While life goes on, there are moments when...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Ray Nichols - Newark, DE - Friend

“Vic, your passing leaves a big hole in all our hearts. Luckily, I got to begin my friendship with you in 1974 thanks to Dick Hay dragging me along as...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Lenny Dowhie - Evansville, IN

“A great loss to the art world. Victor was a force of nature. Like many artists whose convictions run deep, Victor led with his sense of humor and...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Anne Oldach - Wilmington, DE

“My husband (Troy Christman) has very few mentors and people he truly looks up to, but Victor was one of those people who has Troy's admiration and...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: JeanMarie St.Clair-Christman - PA

“Vic. Thank you for all of those wonderful memories. I will miss you and will never forget you. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Dick Hay - Brazil , IN - Friend

“Vic. Thank you for all of those wonderful memories. I will miss you and will never forget you. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Dick Hay - Brazil , IN - Friend

“Victor had great stories...My favorite was as young pranksters.... they made dinosaur bones and burried them in a swamp...to later be discovered by...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Jack Zittere - Patagonia, AZ

“Sally, I was deeply saddened to hear of Victor's passing. He will truly be missed by all. I remember all the great times in the studio, a beer...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Allison Haug - Wilmington, DE

“Sally, I am so sorry for your loss. Victor was a great influence to me and one of the main reasons I went into teaching. I will always remember his...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Amedeo Salamoni - Quarryville, PA

“Sally, I am so sorry for your loss. Victor was unique, in all ways of the word. I will never forget how helpful he was to me; I could bring any...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Maggie Creshkoff - Port Deposit , MD

“I first met Victor at a faculty meeting several years ago at Old College in the Fall... We immediately became buds and I can recall his black greek...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Stan Smokler - kennett square,, PA

“I was a student in Victor's ceramics program at the University of Delaware from 1970-72. I think I had taken one clay course at the school from which...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Maggie Smith - Bainbridge Island, WA

Victor officiated the Marriage of Andrew Bahrou and Jacklyn Brickman in 2007 at their home in Newark “Dearest Sally, Tristan and Family, We're so saddened to hear of Victor's passing. He was such a kind, vibrant soul- one we will never forget. Our...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Jacklyn Brickman - Pleasant Ridge, MI

“Dear Sally and Family, John and I were so sad to hear of Victor's passing. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. Always, Connie and...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Connie Albertson and John Eden - ME

“Dear Sally and Family, John and I were so sad to hear of Victor's passing. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. Always, Connie and...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Connie Albertson and John Eden - ME

“Dear Sally, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed working with Victor those few times I came to his shop and wish I had been able to...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Jennifer Domal - West Chester, PA

“Dear Sally & Family, My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. I always cherish the time spent with you during my graduate...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Melissa Parrott Quimby


Victor Spinski died on Jan. 21, 2013 surrounded by family. Victor, 72, was born in Poland in 1940, escaped the Nazi occupation with his late parents, Josef and Sofia Spinski, and spent his early childhood living in refugee camps and military bases throughout Europe as his father worked for the Allies and underground resistance.

Victor immigrated to the United States with his family after WWII, first settling in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then moving to Newton, Kansas. Fluent in Russian and Polish, Victor went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Russian Literature at Emporia State University and then served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After sustaining serious injuries in combat and months of rehabilitation, Victor attended Indiana University and earned his Master of Fine Arts in ceramics. In 1968 he moved to Newark, Del. to begin his 38-year tenure as Professor of Ceramics at the University of Delaware.

Victor distinguished himself as one of the foremost ceramic artists of the 20th Century, specializing in the genre of trompe l'oeil or "fool the eye". Victor's work has been exhibited and is in permanent collections across the United States and all over the world, including The Museum of Contemporary Crafts, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, the American Craft Museum, and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts.

Victor Spinski was a devoted husband, a loving father, an environmentalist, animal-lover and humanitarian, to name a few. His vision and influence in the ceramic art world will be felt for generations to come and his passing has left a hole in the hearts of too many to mention.

Victor is survived by his loving wife, Sally Van Orden, son, Tristan Spinski, daughter-in-law Sarah Spinski, two dogs, three stray cats, a flock of crows, and an undetermined number squirrels, groundhogs and mice.

A memorial service for Victor Spinski will be held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 122 W. Main St., Newark, Del. on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1:00 p.m. where friends and family may call beginning at 12 noon. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (www.donkeyrescue.org) c/o the funeral home.