“I love to experiment, to tinker with things, some people hit on one thing and then spend the rest of their lives repeating themselves over and over again. I’m pushing 70 and I’m still trying to do something different every day.” He was quoted in an earlier interview.
John Axel Prip 86 died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Born in Yonkers, NY in 1922 to a family of silversmiths, his family returned to Denmark in 1932 where he apprenticed with master silversmith Evald Nielsen at the age of 15.
A pioneer of the American Craft Movement, Prip founded the metals program at RISD in the early 1960s. He retired from RISD in 1981. Before joining RISD he developed academic programs in metalsmithing for the museum school at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the School for American Craftsmen in Alfred, NY. He was also a designer/craftsman-in-residence at Reed & Barton from 1957-1970.
He is survived by his daughter Janet, son Peter both also accomplished metalsmiths, and his second wife Judy Skoogfors Prip. A public memorial service will be held at 2pm on June 6 in the Woods-Gerry House at 62 Prospect St., Providence RI.