But Lundgren, also a talented ceramicist, was kind of a “crazy hothead” in the old days, according to Lauckhart.
“If Lee wasn’t such a good-hearted person, I would have been fired,” Lundgren admitted, when I spoke with him in 2013. After suffering a stroke in his 70s, he continued working at the stand until he retired in 2016. Lundgren died in September, just before the 40th anniversary. A memorial board at the celebration featured photos of Lundgren throughout the years, alongside some of his poetry.
“No hugs, no speeches,” Lauckhart had warned me before that party, where champagne and cake were served, just as at the opening. I asked Aana, his daughter, “Isn’t he sentimental?”
“Too sentimental,” she confided. At the event, Lauckhart mostly kept himself behind the counter, where he could get as few hugs as possible, although he did make an exception for his former partner, Dunnington.