Karen Kovecses, 56, a longtime Buyers Market of American Craft exhibitor who with her husband, Joseph, created works in unusual woods, died June 25 after a battle with cancer. She grew up in a silversmithing family, and used that talent, plus experience in selling fine contemporary crafts, in woodworking with her husband. She and Joseph “were joined at the hip” for 33 years, Joseph said, including 28 years of marriage. As Kovecses Designs, in Waxhaw, N.C., the couple became particularly known for their functional vessels.
Michael Elkan, a largely self-taught woodworker whose love of nature led him West to Oregon after a career in the fashion industry, died July 27 of cancer at age 71. He was best known for his boxes, one-of-a-kind sculptures and furniture, which appeared in the American Craft Museum, the Smithsonian Craft Show, and many retail galleries. He retired and moved to Mexico in 2002, but the remaining inventory of his work has continued to sell.