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Maria Longworth Storer: 1849-1932 * founded The Cincinnati May Festival in 1871, which continues today. The first woman in US history to start an annual music festival. * one of the first women to exhibit their pottery at the first US held World Fair in 1876. * founded the Rookwood Pottery in 1879 with fellow female artist Mary Louise McLaughlin. * one of the first American potters to incorporate Japanese cultural art into their work. Mary Louise McLaughlin 1847-1939 *co-founder of the Rookwood Pottery in 1879 * in 1876, she became the first US potter to use the "underglaze" technique in pottery. She actually developed the technique that was a closely guarded secret of the Haviland Pottery in Europe. * wrote one of the first books on China Painting: China Painting: A Practical Manual for the Use of Amateurs in the Decoration of Hard Porcelain). * in 1880 she wrote the first book on "underglazing": Pottery Decoration under the Glaze * in the 1890's, she began producing porcelain fired pieces in her backyard: making her the first studio potter in the United States. The work of both of these women can be found at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Feel free to add your favorite artist/potter from our history, but please use the format shown. Nerd