Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

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Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Lagorce » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:02 am

I have the very sad duty to report that one of my very good friends, Michel Nicol, passed away yesterday evening.

Michel was the potter many of you met over the years at events at Ticonderoga, Fort at No. 4, Fort Niagara, La Présentation, and many other locations. Through his research, work and great skill, with the help of his wife Francine, Michel recreated New France pottery that many of us have used and enjoyed over the past 25 years or so. He was a pioneer in his field and did work for many museums and national hitoric sites in Canada and the USA. Some of his work even appeared in documentaries and fiction movies such as "Master and Commander". He helped the New France reenactor community have a better understanding of correct material culture for the table. He was also a great comrade who was always willing to help others and share his knowledge and passion. He was one of the founding members of the Société de reconstitution historique du Québec a.k.a. the Compagnie de milice de Chambly.

I will sorely miss my friend but every time I will use or see one the many cups, bowls or plates he made for us, I will cherish his souvenir. All my thoughts are with his wife Francine, his daughter Marie-Hélène, and his son Sébastien

À ta santé, Michel!
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby snapper » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:23 am

It's so sad to read of his passing. Not only have I always enjoyed meeting him and his family at events but he was most helpful with our longhouse program by providing Iroquois pots at a very reasonable rate. Michel was also kind enough to include an effigy pipe with our order at no cost; something that was very gracious on his part and most appreciated by us. He will definitely be missed.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...Be well.

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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Fitz Williams » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:52 pm

This is terrible news. I got to meet him and have a discussion with him at Niagara back in 2009. A couple of years ago I broke my favorite mug and he made another and shipped it to me. Shipping was more than the mug! I have seen other's work and no one could duplicate his. It's a sad loss.
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Lancette » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:58 pm

I am deeply saddened.
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Lamalice » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:20 pm

I was in shock when I learned about this earlier today. I meet him and Francine on several occasions. I will miss him very much.
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Michael Galban » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:19 pm

He left behind beauty that will carry his memory on. He will be missed.
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby alex efremenko » Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:45 am

Another one who left way too soon.
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Ken Hamilton » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:16 pm

Knowledgeable, funny, super nice, and skilled. What a gentleman and friend!

Really going to miss him in so many ways.
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Nanabi Wokwes » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:41 am

I remember meeting Michel, at Fort TI waaaaaaaaaaaaay back the first time he had the chance to sell his wares there,.....within minutes upon discovering his native Items many in the Woodland Confederacy descended upon his "Blanket" on the road and cleaned out many of his pots, mugs, and his effigy pipes......he made a personal effigy pipe from a drawing I once gave him and it came out fantastic!, sadly it was stolen from my vehicle after Vehicle was stolen and upon recovering the vehicle it was discovered they took the pipe and quilled bag it was in but not before dumping all the tobacco on the seats. Alas I still have one, along with many of his Woodland Pots and mugs......My sympathies are with his family and especially his lovely wife Francine, his daughter Marie-Hélène, and his son Sébastien

And I echo Mike's Sentiments as well....
Michael Galban wrote:He left behind beauty that will carry his memory on. He will be missed.

I hope this is not and End to what Michel had started..........
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Re: Michel Nicol, New France Collection Potter

Postby Mayne1713 » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:55 pm

Michel always treated my like he knew me well and like I was his good friend tho we only met once or twice a year.

I am honored that I have his work in my home.

He is missed
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