Stephen K. Miller
Stephen Kirby Miller was born Dec. 23, 1947, in Athens, Ohio, to Wesley and Mary (Bailey) Miller.
He lived in Nagoya, Japan; Rome, New York; Shalimar; and, since 1968, in Tallahassee, where he died Nov. 5.
A man of remarkable range and knowledge, he was a photographer, cabinet and furniture maker, home designer and builder, chef, and recognized authority on the work of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff.
Stephen was a graduate of Florida State University, holding a bachelor of fine arts, and a lifelong student of history, music, philosophy, and Garrison Keillor. His work was selected for exhibits at the Eastman Kodak Gallery in Rochester, NY, and Le Moyne Art Foundation in Tallahassee. A life work was the design, building, and cabinetry of the singular Pyramid House in Wakulla County.
Though he contended that no one was original, he was. Those who knew him were rewarded, in perpetuity or in the moment, with gifts of sui generis gum prints, photographs, and chalk drawings; furniture inspired by the Shakers and reinterpreted by his artistry; domestic objects such as lamps, cutting boards, and tea trays whose utility he honored and whose woods he lived and loved; important, sometimes uncomfortable insights; wry and silly humor; the example and teaching of his craftsmanship in any endeavor he undertook; and incredible invented meals. He was an avid bird watcher who interacted with the birds that visited him daily.
Stephen is survived by his partner of 12 years, Ellen Ashdown, of St. George Island; sisters Marabeth Farmer, of Apalachicola, and Rindge, New Hampshire, Susan Miller, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Deborah Berman, of Toronto, Canada; and nephews Seth Farmer, Jonathan Farmer, and Mickey Bowen.
A Celebration of Stephen's life is being planned for July of 2008 in Tallahassee in conjunction with an exhibit of his work. For specific information regarding this event, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-899-5629.
Contributions may be made to the organization of your choice in Stephen's memory.
Published in The Apalach Times from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, 2007.