- April, 2019.
the exhibit Karl Martz and the Legacy of Indiana University Ceramics
Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, Lafayette, Indiana, USA,
May 4 -- July 27, 2019. Opening reception: Friday May 3, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Also added this exhibit to
Karl's Timeline under Posthumous Recognition.
- October, 2018.
- June, 2018.
- Added a little more information about
Victor Spinski including a link to his obituary at the American Craft Council.
- March, 2018.
- Added a few more items to
Karl's Timeline. It still does not include all the exhibits listed
in his 1977 restrospective catalog (see new note at the top of the timeline).
Some of the added information came from the biography written by Theodore Bowie in 1977 for Karl's
retirement retrospective. Bowie is now credited in the timeline.
- Importantly, the hiring of John Goodheart as ceramics faculty in 1973 was added to
Karl's Timeline and he is now included in the
- At 1945 in
Karl's Timeline, a paragraph was added about his hiring
by Henry Radford Hope and the acquisition of his studio equipment by Indiana University.
- 1975 in
Becky's Timeline was added as the year she resigned from her
partnership in The Gallery.
- February, 2018.
- August, 2017:
- Documented Becky's jobs at Indiana University in the Economics Department (1961-67) and
as Undergraduate English Advisor in the Department of English (1969-71) in her
timeline. Also that it was the summer of 1969 when Karl and Becky spent
the summer in Port Chester, NY.
- June, 2015:
- Added Richard Adams to
- Added Karl's 1962 participation in a glass-blowing workshop taught principally by Harvey
- February, 2014:
- January 25, 2014:
- April 1, 2011: Included the book Clay Times Three in
- December 14, 2009:
Added Kathy McKimmie's book Clay Times Three to the
- October 5, 2009:
Added mention of a piece by Karl in a fall 2009 exhibit at the IU Art Museum,
under Posthumous Recognition at the bottom of
- June 15, 2009: I noticed that many of the new photos of works
by Karl listed below for Jan-Sep 2007, and for the Midwest Museum
(under Posthumous Recognition) in Karl's Timeline had never been copied to the
website server. These omissions are now corrected. If you notice any
broken links, please do contact me! emartz AT microbio DOT umass DOT edu
- January, 2009:
- September, 2008: Added mention of pieces by Karl in an exhibit at Ball
State University under Posthumous Recognition at the bottom of
Karl's Timeline. Thanks to Ed Bicknell for telling me
about this show.
- July 2008: Mentioned the new exhibit of Karl and Becky's works at the
Midwest Museum of American Art at the bottoms of the
Karl Martz Timeline and the
Becky Brown Timeline.
- June 2008:
- January 2008:
- January-September 2007:
- November 15, 2006: Linked a 1958 poem by Karl,
and added Jean M. Weakland to the
- November 22, 2004: Updated auction results,
adding 13 auctions, making a total of 55. The new set includes the earliest
KM piece auctioned, from 1934.
- October 7, 2004: Added Donker and Lee to
Karl's Students, and
13 Tales: Memories of Karl Martz by Stanley Lee.
- February 23, 2004:
Without changing its content, restructured the
home page to permit faster loading via modem.
Added an early
- February 21, 2004: Inspired by the opening today of Common Clay
at the Indiana Historical Society, about 50 new photos of Karl
Martz pots have been
added, as well as new pages about Karl's patrons
Scott and Ellen Murphy. There are
6 more pots from the 1930's plus
a hand-painted map,
7 more pots from the 1940's,
5 more pots from the 1950's including
this stunning masterpiece and
this spirited nude,
3 more pots from the 1960's including
a huge sculptural room divider.
New galleries have been added for more recent decades including
17 pieces from the 1970's and
11 pieces from the 1980's.
Some photos formerly only available in thumbnail size,
particularly for the 1960's,
are now linked to larger images and descriptions.
Additional views were added for some pots already pictured, and some
photos were brightened and color corrected, especially for the
1977 Retrospective Show.
Updated the page on EBay Auctions, adding 4 sales,
bringing the total represented to 42. Created a
new home page.
- December 7, 2003:
Updated the page on EBay Auctions, adding 6 sales,
bringing the total represented to 38.
- November 9, 2003: Began a list of links
(bottom of page).
- November 8, 2003:
Updated the page on EBay Auctions, adding 16 sales
since early March, 2003!
Auctions, now totaling 32, are newly sorted by price, date sold, or year the
work was made.
Auctioned works with good photos were added to
gallery pages (4 to
(KM 1930's; 1 to
KM 1950's; 2 to
Two gallery pages were improved with larger thumbnail images and better
and large-image pages for all thumbnails
- March 11, 2003:
Updated the page on EBay Auctions.
- November 11, 2002:
This update emphasizes photos of Karl and Becky, and their studios and writings,
although some new photos of unusual pots were also added.
Over 40 new pages were added that include over 100 new photographs.
Because the additions are scattered throughout the site, rather than
constituting a new branch, this list of additions is long.
Added photos of
Karl Martz at the Brown County Pottery (1934),
the Brown County Pottery itself,
photos of Karl Martz by
Frank M. Hohenberger (1937-38),
a new page on Karl's first studio, the
many photos of the Pink House Showroom
including over 80 pots on sale there ca. 1938-41,
radioactive uranium glazes used by Karl
with a new example, a
carved orange molded lidded box illustrating
a hitherto unrepresented
signature in script,
photo of Karl with over 50 of his pots (1950),
a fountain made by Karl ca. 1954,
Karl's Football Bowl,
Karl, Becky, and 2-year old Eric
in front of the Pink House (bottom of page),
Karl and Becky with George and Edie Rickey, 1953,
Becky holding a platter she made 50 years earlier (bottom of page),
Becky holding one of her early sculptures in 1955 (bottom of page),
Gazelle with sackbut being fed by the owner's granddaughter
(bottom of page),
Rhyton in use by 4 Tipplers
(bottom of page),
a lovely sketch of Becky in 1945
Brian, Eric, and Becky in 2002.
Timeline, included more photos in
it, added links to Hull House in 1944,
and added more details about
Karl's early ceramics education.
Added some photos of
graphic art by Karl.
There are eight new photos of
works by Becky: 4 sculptures and 4 pots.
Added Becky's personal description of
Our Lives in Brown County
(including a great photo of Karl as an actor in a play at the Brown
a new page on Karl's
linoleum cuts and paintings,
and a page on Karl's hitherto mysterious
serial numbers on paper rectangles.
Annotated the photograph of
Main Street, Nashville, Indiana in 1939 and added a photo
Nashville Post Office in 1935.
Added over a dozen names to the page on
Students of Karl Martz, and
and a couple of unpublished writings
including an unabashedly enthusiastic
1940 statement by Karl about his love for potting.
Established 1957 as the year of Karl's visit to
Updated the page on EBay Auctions.
Added a little information on Gordon and Jane
- February 3, 2002:
Added titles and dates to many
Becky Brown sculptures, urns,
and pots; made some corrections in BB pots.
Armed with many more dates, created a new page showing
BB works arranged chronologically.
Added Karl's account of his visit to
and included his Jugtown "J" signature on his
Also another example of a
not by Karl Martz.
December 23, 2001: Updated Auctions.
December 10, 2001: Added BB Galleries of
and page on
Greatly expanded BB Galleries of
Some new photos in
No major changes to KM sections.
- May 16, 2001: First appearance on the web.