Margaret Harlow graduated from Bemidji State Teachers’ College in 1936. After graduation, she left to pursue a career in the Women’s Army Corps, traveling throughout the world, retiring with 20 years of military service. She developed an interest in pottery while in London during the 1950’s. One of her last travels was a trip to the People’s Republic of China in 1978.
While living in California, Margaret was active in arts organizations. In 1973, she established the Margaret H. Harlow Ceramics Collection, at Bemidji State University, including funds and donations of original ceramic works of art. Annually Ms. Harlow donated additional funds and original ceramic works of art for this teaching collection. Margaret died July 7, 2007, in California.
Selected ceramic works are displayed in hallway exhibition cases near the ceramics classroom on the ground floor of the Education Arts building. From time to time portions of the collection are exhibited in Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery. To date, the collection has not been displayed off campus.