Karl Martz was born June 24, 1912, in Columbus, Ohio.
His father, Velorus Martz, was a high school principal there. Karl's mother,
Amy Lee Kidwell Martz, was a talented woman who played the piano, did
photography including her own processing and printing, sewed, gardened,
canned, entertained, and was a loving mother to three successful children.
She earned a degree in Home Economics at Ohio State University, and
early in her life was a nutritional adviser to rural women.
Karl's brother Robert was a career Air Force officer, after which he
went into administration at Indiana University. Karl's sister Martha
married Otto Grant, a lawyer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was a loving
mother to four children.
Here is a photograph of
Karl at age 8, with his family.
Velorus became a faculty member in the School of Education at Indiana
University, Bloomington, where he was well-regarded for over 25 years.
Karl's education continued in Bloomington, where he went to Bloomington
High School, and then to Indiana University, where he majored in
"While I was in high school, the whole family took a motor trip through the
West. The car got into the sand in New Mexico and ripped out its
differential, and we were stuck waiting for its replacement. So we put up
our tent and stayed a couple of weeks. I entertained myself in part by
making little pots and firing them in a pit -- I'd read the Indians did
this. I still have one of them."
(The Studio Potter, June 1991, page 46.)