Commercial Artisan is the graphic design studio of brothers James and Jon Sholly, located in Indianapolis, IN. They work with clients in the arts, tourism, education, and the not-for-profit sectors. The studio specializes in printed material with an emphasis on regional history projects and publications.
This issue of Commercial Article is a self-generated project and the continuation of an ongoing study of regional design history. It tells the story of Indiana ceramicists Jane and Gordon Martz and their family business Marshall Studios. Their work was featured in MoMA’s 1953 “Good Design" exhibition.
This is the fourth issue of a self-generated publication that aims to document the stories of designers from Indiana that have made significant contributions to their fields but remain relatively unknown outside—and sometimes inside—the state borders. It is a small way to document the work and life stories that might otherwise go unseen. A secondary purpose is to prompt others to tell the stories of similar figures in their areas, and thereby create an independent design history network.