Carol Herschleb |

Carol Herschleb

Carol Ann Herschleb passed away on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at her home in Nevada City, after living for several years with breast cancer.

She passed with dignity and was comforted by the constant presence of family and friends at her side. She was 66.

Carol was born on Oct. 16, 1945, to Fred and Sydney Herschleb at Notre Dame Hospital in San Francisco and was raised in Kentfield, Calif.

She attended Adeline E. Kent School in Kentfield, Redwood High School in Larkspur and majored in painting at Denver University. Shortly before completing her undergraduate studies, she took a class in ceramics, and her focus changed.

Carol began a career in ceramics with studios in San Rafael, Inverness Park of West Marin County and Nevada City. She produced works in high-fire earthenware as well as brightly colored low-fire pieces, which are easily recognized and revered by the many who have them in their homes.

When handling the heavy clay became too difficult, she started a coffee service, Carol and Co., serving community cultural events with espresso and home-baked goods from behind her signature black-and-white-checked display.

She became a pinnacle in the Nevada County arts community.

She brought her great organizational skills and taste to the restructuring of many local events over the years, including Artisans Festival at Miners Foundry on Thanksgiving weekend, Nevada County Open Studio Arts Tour, Sierra Festival of the Arts in Grass Valley, Celtic Festival of Grass Valley and Nevada County Arts Collaborative.

Her keen eye and graphic sensibility will be missed.

She will be missed by her family and by her many, many dear friends in Nevada County and beyond.

Carol is survived by her sister, Lissa Herschleb of San Rafael; brother, John Herschleb; niece, Jill Herschleb of San Francisco; and nephew, Greg Herschleb of Los Angeles. Carol just missed the birth of her nephew, Grant Kamron Herschleb.

The family extends its deepest gratitude to Hospice of the Foothills for its understanding and compassionate care.

Due to cutbacks in grants, we kindly ask that any donations be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Carol’s name.

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