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Lived/Active: Indiana      Known for: painter, pottery, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Margaret Overbeck was the second oldest of the four Overbeck sisters who founded the Overbeck Pottery studio in Cambridge City, Indiana in 1911.  She has been described as "the catalyst for this undertaking." (Newton 60).

The sisters, raised as highly independent women, created high quality decorative arts, and unlike traditional pottery manufacturers, they did all of the work themselves.  They made their products in their home-based workshop, designed and decorated in a room off their dining room and fired in an outbuilding on their property.

Margaret attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1892-1893 and 1898-1899.  She studied watercolor, wood carving, drawing heads from life and casts and painting still lifes in oil.  In Cincinnati she studied with Joseph Henry Sharp, Lewis Henry Meakin, Lewis Cass Lutz, Vincent Nowottny, Otto Walter Beck and Thomas Satterwhite Noble.  As a ceramics student with growing interest in that medium, she increasingly sought more specialized training.  She became a student of New York China painter and studio potter Marshal T Fry, and of Arthur Wesley Dow at his summer school in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Dow was a leading figure of the Arts and Crafts Movement, and with his commitment to simple, abstract shapes and subtle coloration, was a leading influence on her. 

Margaret Overbeck taught at the Sayre Institute in Lexington, Kentucky; Megguier seminary in Boonville, Missouri; and DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

She suffered injuries in a car crash in Chicago and returned home to Cambridge City where she founded the pottery studio with her sisters.  She died the same year the studio was founded.

Sources include:
The Magazine Antiques, July 2005
Judith Vale Newton and Carole Weiss, Skirting the Issue

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