Luxury tableware Arte Italica founder and owner Ann Skidmore has died of lung cancer, the company announced. She was 64 years old.
“Ann was one of the most extraordinary people that I have met or worked with in this industry. Her creativity, passion and vision was what made Arte Italica such a special and well respected brand, however it was her class, her warmth and her love for her company, her customers, and all of the people around her that made her such a unique and special individual. She has left a lasting impression on all that came in contact with her and her legacy will live on through Arte Italica,” said president Chris Collins.
A memorial service will be held at St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park, CA, Thursday June 26 at 3:30 p.m.
According to the company obituary, Skidmore started Arte Italica in 1998 to celebrate the craftsmanship of Italian artisans, especially those crafting Italian pewter. Starting out in her garage in California, Arte Italica grew quickly and moved its office to New York. Skidmore, with the help of a Italian factory helped to “revolutionize” the industry when they combined Italian pewter with ceramic to form the company’s best selling collection, Tuscan, according to the company. Skidmore went on to develop other successful collections combining pewter with other materials such as handmade glass and slate. Arte Italica has since expanded to include beautiful hand painted ceramic collections.
Skidmore is survived her husband, Earl and two children, Jennifer Neeley and Clark Skidmore, as well as her granddaughters Lola and Amelie Neeley. She is also survived by her parents, Val and Helen Dean.