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Hi, all! I have some very sad, but important news to report. Earlier tonight, the venerable Kerry Vincent, the Queen of Cakes, passed away, leaving a gaping hole in the sugar arts community.

You may not know it, but my connection to Kerry ran deep. She was my first and only mentor, turning me onto cakes in 1995 through her impressive body of work, and then later giving me a platform at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show to allow cookiers to shine. While she started out as a mentor, she ended up a confidant and very dear friend.

Kerry taught me many things, but I will most remember her for the confidence and opportunity she gave me to let my creativity - and that of the cookie community - flourish. One day, I hope to be able to pay forward even a small fraction of the abundance she brought to me. And, one day, I hope you too will all find mentors who have the kind of positive and indelible impact that Kerry had on so many.

Thank you, Kerry. I love you and will remember your generosity, talent, and verve forever.

Kerry and Julie

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  • Kerry and Julia at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, 2013: Photo Courtesy of Julia M Usher
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What a tough month. My heart goes out to you, Julia, especial, but also the entire sugar art community. We have lost a giant. Thank you for continuing to carry the torch for the rest of us, Julia. xo

I know - such a huge legacy she leaves. So hard to carry any torch through times like this.

Oh Julia, I was so saddened to hear of Kerry's passing. Thank you for the wonderful post about the impact she had on your creative journey and the warm friendship that developed between the 2 of you. The connections we make in the sugar art world run deep and last a long time (whether or not you ever meet your mentor or dear friend).

I join Christine @Bakerloo Station, with her comments about the personal loss for you and the loss for the entire sugar art community. Thank YOU for continuing in her footsteps. You have a huge heart for sugar art, yes, but more importantly...for people ❀️. Words fail to express what a huge influence you have in my own journey. May your heart be comforted at this difficult time ❀️❀️ Hugs...

Oh Julia, I was so saddened to hear of Kerry's passing. Thank you for the wonderful post about the impact she had on your creative journey and the warm friendship that developed between the 2 of you. The connections we make in the sugar art world run deep and last a long time (whether or not you ever meet your mentor or dear friend).

I join Christine @Bakerloo Station, with her comments about the personal loss for you and the loss for the entire sugar art community. Thank YOU for continuing in her footsteps. You have a huge heart for sugar art, yes, but more importantly...for people ❀️. Words fail to express what a huge influence you have in my own journey. May your heart be comforted at this difficult time ❀️❀️ Hugs...

Aww, thank you, sweet lady! 😘

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