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|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.
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.
Overbeck taught at the Sayre Institute in Lexington, Kentucky; Megguier
seminary in Boonville, Missouri; and DePauw University in Greencastle,
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.
The Magazine Antiques, July 2005
Judith Vale Newton and Carole Weiss, Skirting the Issue
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