Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Marshall Studios Pottery

Last night I stumbled upon this vintage lamp by Marshall Studios, and soon after was on a roll browsing Marshall Studios pottery and lamps online. The pieces are beautifully simple, and immediately my interest was piqued to learn more about the company.

At the height of Marshall Studios in the 1950s and '60s, husband and wife team Gordon Martz and Jane Marshall were turning out 1000 handmade lamps a week. The couple met in college studying ceramics, and after graduation settled in Jane's home town of Veedersburg, Indiana to take over Jane's family's lamp business. Both skilled potters, the couple handmade original design lamps, pottery, tiles, and eventually furniture. The pieces were made by slip-casting, ram pressing, or jiggering, and everything was hand decorated.

In the 1980s and '90s, the mid century modern aesthetic was less popular, but today a pair of Marshall Studios lamps in good condition can run over a thousand dollars, and select pieces are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Above, I've rounded up seven Marshall Studios pieces currently for sale on Etsy: (clockwise from top left) M77 Cruet, No. 191 Lamp, Walnut Lamp, Tea Cups, Pitcher, Pottery Set, Ceramic and Teak Lamp.  

Sources: Marshallstudios.net, University of MassachusettsJetsetmodern.com

2 comments :

  1. I also fell in love with Marshall Studios Pottery the minute I found that green cruet in a thrift store in the early 1990s. Martz and Marshall's work is beautiful and it's fun seeing more pieces and more information about them emerge here online! Great post!!

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