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Gordon Martz

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Gordon Martz and Jane Martz were prominent designers and creators of simple, elegant, handcrafted ceramic goods. Their vintage mid-century modern designs for table lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers and pendants are daring but relaxed and make for versatile additions to any space.

Jane Martz’s grandmother established the family-owned American lampshades company Marshall Studios in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1922. Jessie “Muz” Marshall produced hand-painted lampshades out of her home, then expanded to include lamp bases made of wood. The business later moved to Veedersburg. After studying at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Jane and Gordon joined the company in the early 1950s and stepped in to run Marshall Studios after it had been managed by Jane’s parents. Gordon and Jane instilled the brand with fresh energy and new ideas. They introduced innovative modernist stoneware lamps, decorative accessories and more that became immediately popular with new homeowners of the era. Later, there was a return to lamp bases made solely of wood, and floor lamps, bookends and tables with tile tops appeared in the company catalogs.

The Marshall Studios M101 lamp was featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s “Good Design” exhibit in 1953, which also featured the work of other mid-century luminaries such as Jens Risom, Paul McCobb, George Nelson and more. 

Gordon and Jane explored color and texture at the company during the 1950s and ‘60s and continued the rich legacy of craftsmanship for which Marshall Studios had become known. The manufacturer secured government contracts and their works were featured in Interiors magazine. Etchings and other decoration continued to be done by hand, and Jane eventually also took an interest in the fabric and textiles used to hand-cover the paper shades, producing a complementary line of hand-woven pillows and other goods.

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Jane & Gordon Martz Olive & Tan Banded Pottery Table Lamp
By Marshall Studios, Gordon Martz
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios olive and tan M217 table lamp, 1960's. Featuring a matte glazed charcoal, olive green stoneware body with contrasting Beige, Tan banding. Original t...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Stoneware

Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios Brushed Olive Green Pottery Table Lamp, 1950's
By Marshall Studios, Gordon Martz
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios matte glazed stoneware table lamp. Featuring lamp form 178 accentuated with loose banded design. Brown brushed with Dark Beige and shades of Olive G...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Ceramic, Teak

Gordon Martz Studio Striped Ceramic Table Lamp, Signed
By Gordon Martz
Located in St. Louis, MO
Gordon Martz for Martz Studio striped ceramic table lamp, with original teak finial. Excellent condition, sold without a shade. 28.75 to top of finial.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Ceramic

Jane & Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios Olive & Tan Incised Table Lamp
By Gordon Martz
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Gordon Martz for Marshall Studios Brown Banded Art Pottery Table Lamp, 1950's. Featuring a classic handcrafted Marshall Studios ceramic barrel form, mat...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Stoneware

Rarest Martz Pottery Lamp! Sea Foam Green! MCM Triangle Mid Century Modern 1950s
By Gordon & Jane Martz, Gordon Martz
Located in Peoria, AZ
Martz Pottery Lamp! Sea Foam Green! Rarest Gordon and Jane Martz Design Geometric Tower Triangle Shape! SImply Stunning! Pottery and Teak Wood Original Teak Finial This is the mo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gordon Martz

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Pottery

Gordon Martz Marshall Studios Ceramic Bookends ca' 1950's
By Gordon Martz
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of stylish, 1950s bookends by Gordon Martz. Circular pattern,beige ceramic tiles, inset into walnut frames, with brass extensions. Heavy and well made.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Ceramic, Walnut

Gordon Martz Marshall Studios Ceramic Bookends
By Gordon Martz
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of stylish, 1950s bookends by Gordon Martz. Circular pattern, white ceramic tiles, inset into walnut frames, with brass extensions. Heavy and well made.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Ceramic, Walnut

Martz Marshall Studios Dark Matte Brown Pottery Table Lamp
By Gordon & Jane Martz, Gordon Martz, Marshall Studios
Located in Garnerville, NY
The signature stepped and delicately tapered cylindrical pottery table lamps produced by Marshall Studios by Jane and Gordon Martz. Signed by the wire...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gordon Martz

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Ceramic, Pottery

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Gordon Martz furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gordon Martz furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gordon Martz were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Modeline Lamp Co., Yasha Heifetz, and Frederic Weinberg. Prices for Gordon Martz furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $250 and can go as high as $6,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,900.

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