Published: October 18, 2022
DEEP RIVER, CONN. — Jonathan Shaw Rickard passed away on October 15 at his home in Deep River, Conn. Born on April 4, 1942, in Attleboro, Mass., he was the son of Ruth Wheeler Rickard and Robert Hazard Rickard. After high school, he studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, which he graduated from in 1965. He had a successful career in advertising, where he worked as a graphic designer and creative director, ultimately having his own ad agency in Glastonbury, Conn.
Rickard is most well known for his study and expertise of slip-decorated earthenware known as mochaware, or “mocha,” a passion that sprang from an auction he attended at Skinner’s in the late 1960s. His 2006 book, Mocha and Related Dipped Wares, 1770-1939, remains the definitive book on the subject.
Rickard is survived by his brother, Peter, who lived with him for 16 months in Deep River; their sister, Jennifer, in Arkansas; Peter’s daughter, Bridget, in Braintree, Mass.; and other nieces and nephews in the North Attleboro, Mass., area. He was predeceased by his brother David, of North Attleboro, as well as a niece.
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