Eugene N Lewis

January 07, 1935 – April 08, 2021

Gene took his last breath on this planet at 9:23 PM on April 8th

He died surrounded by the People, Art, and Home he loved.


A Journeyman Spieler of

Feeling-Cathected Things

for Eugene Lewis


Gene Lewis, a dervish of forms.

Of vessels mostly — vases, bowls, platters.

Three-foot wide platters like shields

Of abstract landscape painted in glazes

Whose fired colors he could read

And write straight off in their nascent

Muddy smear.


His father made ingenious machines

For making ingenious things.

The son became a stamping mill

Of art — each raku pot the impress

Of the man, of the hand, of the soul.


He sits in his kitchen, a dervish at rest

From his life-long centripetal slinging

Of heartbreak clay and glazed delight

Into collections and other people’s kitchens.

A man with a big frame and a tenor voice

Shaded for articulating nuances

Of art and agency and glaze.

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