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Marie Odelle "Odile" Delavigne
American Newcomb College Newcomb Ceramicist
(New Orleans, 1873 - 1963)

Marie Odelle Delavigne was born in New Orleans on October 22, 1973. Delavigne first enrolled at Newcomb College as a Special Art student in the 1892–93 academic session. Receiving a Diploma in Art in 1896, she is listed as a Graduate Art student from 1896–99. Her worked as an Art Craftsman for the Pottery enterprise began in 1901 and lasted until 1925. Miss Delavigne was a pottery decorator but her area of specialization was embroidery. She exhibited extensively, and her work was illustrated in a number of arts and crafts magazines of the time. The Works Progress Administration (renamed the Work Project Administration in 1939) employed Delavigne as a seamstress in the Sewing Project in 1937. In the 1920 census, Delavigne’s occupation is listed as “Art Craftsman – Newcomb College”; In 1930, her occupation is listed as “Art Teacher – Independent”; and in the 1940 census her occupation is identified as “Seamstress – Sewing Project.” Delavigne died February 25, 1963.

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