LAMP #145 44 INCHES IN HEIGHT SIGNED BLACK MATTE WITH TAN INCISING AS SEEN IN CATALOG #17. Walnut and Teak Table Lamps. When two newlyweds in the Hoosier State tackled modern ceramic design, the whole world took notice. The story of Gordon and Jane Martz’s contributions to modern design and ceramics begins very simply: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl move to girl’s home town. The Museum of Modern Art calls boy and girl. Boy and girl’s lives change forever. The creators of Martz lamps and pottery met at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where they were both students. Gordon and Jane Martz married when they graduated in 1951, and they began their married life by moving to Jane’s home, Veedersburg, Indiana. Jane Marshall Martz was from the family that owned Marshall Studios, a lamp company founded in 1922 by Jane’s grandmother, known affectionately in the family as “Muz”. Jessie “Muz” Marshall had started her career hand-painting lampshades in her Indianapolis home. The shades led to lamp bases, and the bases led to a small Indianapolis factory producing a line of turned wood lamps with hand-painted shades. By 1951, the company had been in Veedersburg for ten years, in a building originally built as a WPA project. Marshall Studios was then in the hands of Jane’s parents, Nicholas and Grace Marshall, who wanted the young couple to contribute their talents to the enterprise. The item “MID CENTURY MODERN LAMP JANE AND GORDON MARTZ MARSHALL STUDIOS” is in sale since Friday, July 6, 2018. This item is in the category “Antiques\Periods & Styles\Mid-Century Modernism”. The seller is “lhowardestates” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.