Margaret Ponce Israel

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Margaret Ponce Israel (a/k/a Marge Israel) (1929-1987) was a painter and ceramist who lived and worked in New York City. She was married to New York artist Marvin Israel. Ponce was born in 1929 in Havana, Cuba, brought to the US as an infant. She died in 1987 at age 57 in Manhattan, hit by a tractor-trailer while riding her bike on West 23rd Street. Upon her death, her studio was overflowing with artwork. Israel attended the High School of Music and Art in New York and Syracuse University, studying ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery, where she eventually became an instructor.[1] In 1956 Israel won both first and second prize in ceramics at the Young Americans exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, today the Museum of Arts and Design.[1]

Her studio/home was a three-story building in Manhattan that was once a horse stable. There she housed a bantam rooster, guinea hens, doves, a rabbit, dogs, and a cat. Her works depict many of these animals, and an exhibit of her work, "A Domestic Bestiary," was at the Perimeter Gallery in Chicago in February, 1998. She taught at Parsons School of Design; Greenwich House Pottery; Music and Art High School for Gifted Children; Y.M.H.A.; all in NYC, and at Ecole des Beaux Arts; Stanley William Hayter Graphic Art Studio; Atelier 17; and, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere all in Paris, France.



  1. ^ a b Koplos, Janet and Bruce Metcalf (2010). Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. Hendersonville, NC: University of North Carolina Press, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-8078-3413-8. 

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