Haan Museum of Indiana Art

In May-July 2019, the Haan Museum of Indiana Art in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, exhibited Karl Martz and the legacy of Indiana University Ceramics.

The exhibit, and the Museum, were featured in illustrated articles by Kathy McKimmie in the June 3, 2019 issue of Antique Week.

Below are some photos from the opening, which do not show all of the Karl Martz and Becky Brown pieces in the exhibit, and which do not show any of the numerous pieces in this exhibit by other ceramic artists.
  1. Antelope Rhyton by Becky Brown. On loan from Eric and Brian Martz.
  2. Sculpture ca. 1969 by Karl Martz. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.
  3. Black vase with sytlized bee design by Karl Martz. Signed only "Brown County Pottery". Ca. 1934. Haan Museum Collection. Formerly in the personal collection of Karl Martz. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.
  4. Stoneware vase by Karl Martz, 1955. Circled KM cachet in impressed stamp near foot. Haan Museum Collection.
  5. Lidded jar with fish designs by Karl Martz, 1954. Haan Museum Collection.
  6. Large triangular vase by Becky Brown. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.

    Photo by Eric Martz.
Ellie and Bob Haan
at the opening, May 3, 2019.

Photo by Eric Martz.
Kathy McKimmie,
author of the book Clay Times Three and the articles about this exhibit and the Haan Museum in Antique Week, June 3, 2019. At the opening, May 3, 2019. Right: Eric Martz.
Brian Martz (left) and Eric Martz,
the two children of Karl Martz and Becky Brown Martz. At the opening, May 3, 2019. Photo by Bob Haan.

  1. Blue vase with three female figures by Karl Martz. Haan Museum Collection.
  2. Green pitcher with yellow interior by Karl Martz, 1934. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.
  3. Yellow vase by Karl Martz, 1938, signed with Karl Martz cachet. Uranium glaze. Haan Museum Collection.
  4. Turquoise vase with simulated marine encrustation by Karl Martz, 1939. On loan from Eric and Brian Martz.
  5. Casserole with colorful floral design by Karl Martz, 1934, at the Brown County Pottery. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.
  6. Bowl by Karl Martz, 1941. Haan Museum Collection.

    Photo by Eric Martz.
The Juggler by Becky Brown, 1975.
Formerly in the collection of Lois Heiser and Julie Nilson of Bloomington, Indiana. They were avid collectors of Becky Brown ceramics. Lois generously returned this piece to the Martz family in 2008. Gift of Brian and Eric Martz to the Haan Museum.
(Photo by Eric Martz.)




  1. Earthenware vases by Becky Brown, with brushed polychrome decorations, ca. 1938-42. Signature "BECKY BROWN" incised on bottoms. Compare with these and others from the same years. Haan Museum Collection. Gift from Eric and Brian Martz.
  2. Tall "double gourd" vase by Becky Brown, 1954. Signed "MARTZ STUDIO" with "BB" cachet. Haan Museum Collection.
  3. Vase by Becky Brown, 1951. Haan Museum Collection.
  4. The Committee, sculpture by Becky Brown, 1983. Gift of Brian and Eric Martz to the Haan Museum.
  5. Large urn by Becky Brown (undated). Haan Museum Collection.
  6. Buttons by Becky Brown and Karl Martz, ca. 1938-1942. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.
  7. Plate by Becky Brown, 1978, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Gallery, where she was a partner from 1970-1975, and exhibited her work. Gift of Eric and Brian Martz to the Haan Museum.

    Photo by Eric Martz.

  1. Bowl by Karl Martz, 1988. Haan Museum Collection.
  2. Vase by Karl Martz. Uranium glaze. Haan Museum Collection.
  3. Celadon bowl by Karl Martz, ca. 1979. Compare with this similar one. Haan Museum Collection.
  4. Porcelain covered jar by Karl Martz while in Japan, 1963. Inspired by the work of Japanese Living National Treasure Yuzo Kondo (Kyoto), with whom Karl did a sabbatical. On loan from Eric and Brian Martz.
  5. Vase with tall thin neck by Karl Martz. Haan Museum Collection.

    Photo by Eric Martz.

  1. Bowl by Becky Brown, 1952. Signed "MARTZ STUDIO" with "BB" cachet. Haan Museum Collection.
  2. Square vase in four colors signed "BECKY BROWN VASE", ca. 1938-42. This is a slip-cast production piece. The original form and mold are believed to have been made by Karl. Becky then cast pieces in the mold, finished, decorated and signed them. Haan Museum Collection.
  3. Vase by Becky Brown, 1951. Signed "MARTZ STUDIO" with "BB" cachet. Haan Museum Collection.

    Photo by Eric Martz.