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Overbeck Pottery of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
May 6 –January 8, 2006
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The Overbeck sisters of Cambridge City, Ind., made an important contribution to the American arts and crafts movement through the pottery that now bears their name. Margaret Overbeck founded the studio in 1911, the same year in which she died. Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary Frances Overbeck took up the work of their late sister, each specializing in an aspect of the craft. The exhibition features approximately fifty pieces, including vases, bowls, tiles, watercolors, and pencil tracings used to create the works.

Tile commemorating the Richmond (Indiana) artist John Elwood Bundy, Overbeck Pottery, Cambridge City, Indiana (1911–1955), 1917. Elizabeth Gray Overbeck (potter), attributed (1875–1936), Mary Frances Overbeck (designer and decorator), attributed (1878–1955). Made for the Joseph Moore School, Richmond, Indiana. Earthenware. H. 23, W. 17Z/v in. (without frame). Courtesy Richmond Community School Corporation, Richmond, Indiana
Footed bowl with stand, Overbeck Pottery, Cambridge City, Indiana (1911–1955), 1934. Elizabeth Gray Overbeck (potter) (1875–1936); Mary Frances Overbeck (designer and decorator) (1878–1955). Commissioned by Public Works Administration for the John Herron Art Museum. Earthenware, H. 8C/v, Diam. 11Z/v in. Courtesy of the United States General Services Administration.

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