James Randal Holland – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen

JamesJames Randal Holland, 58, Muscle Shoals, stoneware potter and sculptor who was owner and operator of Holland Pottery, died June 14, 2013.
Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Colbert Memorial Chapel.
The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel, with Brother Ted Vafes officiating.
Born in Florence, Ala., on Feb. 9, 1955, Randal earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of North Alabama. He served as artist-in-residence at Sheffield High School and exhibited his art at Mud Island in Memphis, Tenn., the Helen Keller Festival, Arts Alive, Moulton Chicken and Egg Fetival, Florence Renaissance Faire, Florence First Fridays, Stevenson Fine Art in Augusta, Ga., Gum Tree Festival in Tupelo, Miss., and the Pink Palace in Memphis.
He also worked as resident potter in Branson, Mo.
His passion was working with small children, teaching them basic pottery techniques. He was a member of Woodward Avenue Baptist Church and a volunteer on Highland Park Baptist Church’s mission team to Guatemala.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurie Holland; mother, Marie Holland; brother, Mark Holland; and grandparents, Sherman and Bessie Holland and Drewey and Arellia Vandiver.
He is survived by his father, James E. Holland; sister, Rhonda G. Moore; niece, Katlin Marie Hollis; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friend, Debra Handley.
Interment will be at Colbert Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the building fund of Highland Park Baptist Church, 501 W. Sixth St., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.
You may sign the online register at colbertmemorial.com.
Colbert Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

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Karen Pinion October 26, 2013 - 6:42 pm

I was just looking at a piece of my pottery, made by Randall, not knowing he had passed..I haven’t seen him in 15 years but his pottery is one of my favorite..RIP Randall

Jaxon Davies November 6, 2014 - 6:03 pm

A friend and brother…he is missed.

Jason Seow May 9, 2016 - 10:47 am

I first met Randal back in 1996, he was a kind manner and quiet man. The first time he saw my elder son Koji, he told me that he had this inspiration of my baby in his cradle sleeping quietly. Two weeks later, when we met, he presented me with his pottery work with my son’s face on it. It was impressive with the fine detail that he depicted. He also mentioned that the he used the mud from the Mississippi River.

Jason Seow August 4, 2021 - 3:35 am

I only learned of your departure three years ago. Missed you and your art works.


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