Margaret (Grete) Marks (1898-1990)

Margaret (Grete) Marks

Born in Cologne, Germany, Margaret (Grete) Marks (1898-1990) worked in Berlin. She studied as a ceramicist under Johannes Itten at the Bauhaus and established one of the leading pre-war potteries in Germany before being forced to leave for England in 1936.

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Margaret (Grete) Marks work in the Ben Uri collection

BBC Radio 4 broadcast about Margaret (Grete) Marks (by British Museum director Neil MacGregor part of the Germany: Memories of a Nation series)

Composition by Margaret Marks

Composition (ceramic tiles)

Work by Margaret (Grete) Marks in the Ben Uri collection

Composition by Margaret Marks

Composition

Dr Barnett Stross MP by Margaret Marks

Dr Barnett Stross MP

Evening at the Lakes by Margaret Marks

Evening at the Lakes

Composition by Margaret Marks

Flowers, Still Life

Landworker at Uga by Margaret Marks

Landworker at Uga

Leff Poushnoff, Pianist by Margaret Marks

Leff Poushnoff, Pianist

London River by Margaret Marks

London River

Spanish Peasants by Margaret Marks

Spanish Peasants

St Paul's Bay, Malta by Margaret Marks

St Paul’s Bay, Malta

Margaret Marks biography

Born in Cologne, Germany, Margaret (Grete) Marks initially worked in Berlin. She studied as a ceramicist under Johannes Itten at the Bauhaus and established one of the leading pre-war potteries in Germany. Her clients in the UK included Heals and Liberty.

Of Jewish origin, she was forced to sell her business by the Nazis in 1934, and left the country in 1936 for England, where she worked for Mintons, Ridgway and Brains Foley potteries, producing her own decorated ware under the ‘GP’ (Grete Pottery) logo.

Her work was exhibited in shows at the Burslem School of Art (Stoke-on-Trent, 1937), the Bloomsbury Gallery (1938), Redfern Gallery (1954), Roland, Browse and Delbanco (1956), Ben Uri (1979) and Hael Pottery (Velten, near Berlin, 2006).

A joint exhibition with Pamina Liebert-Mahrenholz was held at the Boundary Gallery London in 2008. Marks’ work is held in collections in Berlin (including the Bauhaus Archiv), Brandenburg, New York, Illinois, Munich, London (British Museum, V&A, Royal Festival Hall, Ben Uri), Kendal (Abbot Hall) and Stoke (Stoke-on-Trent Museum).