George McLean was a remarkable man, jeweler, thinker, rendering
genius and all around good man. I only think of him smiling or
laughing, being kind and smart. He was a friend, and will be missed.
His drawing lecture can be found in Mattiello’s rendering book. Much
sympathy to his family. Charles
George D. McLean
George McLean, born April 24, 1932 in Gilroy, California to Meta and
Arthur McLean, passed away July 17, 2005 at the University of =A0
Washington Hospital loved and supported by his family. He was 73 =A0
George is survived by his wife Carol; his seven children, Rachel =A0
McLean, Lisa Woodbury, Sean McLean, Amy Woodbury, Alison Thrasher, =A0
Kevin McLean, Winona Lee; and four grandchildren, Camden and Hayden
Thrasher, Teyline and Aderyn McLean.
George was a designer with a long successful career in the =A0
contemporary jewelry field. Recognition of his work came from the =A0
Society of North American Goldsmiths; the Museum of California, =A0
Oakland, CA; Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C. and numerous juried =A0
exhibitions of Metalsmithing. In addition to the creation of his =A0
personal work, he was an educator, a designer for several companies,
and an illustrator and contributor to professional publications. =A0In
1965 he started McLean and Co. in Sausalito, CA and became an
influential part of the San Francisco area contemporary jewelry scene
by educating the public and training jewelers to quality design, a
number of whom have gone on to establish their own businesses. He
taught at numerous schools including Haystack School of Crafts,
University of Washington, De Young Museum Art School, San Francisco,
CA, California College of Arts and Crafts, Pratt School of Arts in
Seattle and at numerous workshops throughout the United States,
Canada, Taiwan and England. He was an early member of the Society of
North American Goldsmiths.
He and his wife Carol Ireland-McLean moved to Vashon Island, WA in =A0
1995 where he became a part of the northwest jewelry community and =A0
continued to teach, design and make jewelry for local galleries.
George was a kind, strong and gentle man who inspired many students,
friends and those that knew him. His patience, generosity and quiet
humor will be missed and remembered.
A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, July 24th at 2pm at =A0
the Pt. Robinson Lighthouse on Vashon Island.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to
the Society of North American Goldsmiths, or to the charity of