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Eva Zeisel

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Design +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Eva Zeisel (1906–2011) was born in Budapest and only immigrated to America in 1938 after having been imprisoned by the NKVD in Russia for an alleged plot on Stalin's life. She lived in America for the rest of her (long) life though she continued to work internationally. Zeisel created designs for American, German, Italian and Japanese companies and her list of clients includes Sears, Roebuck as well as more recent clients such as Crate and Barrel. Zeisel was the recipient of many honors and awards, including an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in l947 and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Cooper Hewitt in 2005. This collection includes sketches for designs as well as finished ceramic pieces. Note that her most colorful and loudly patterned pieces are designs for German companies.

Includes a video that is roughly 58 minutes long, introductions last about 4:40 then talk begins.

Bill's Design Talks: A Tribute to Eva Zeisel

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Eva Zeisel

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Town and Country

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

"Town and Country"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Town and Country

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Town and Country

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Town and Country

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

"Town and Country"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

"Town and Country"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Town and Country

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

"Town and Country"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Dawn

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Dawn

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Dawn

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Dawn

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Dawn

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Tomorrow's Classic

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Trivet

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Wax Paper Dispenser

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Soup Plate

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cigarette Case

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design for Milk Pitcher

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design for Plate

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Details for General Mills/Eastern Metal

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Saucepan with Lid for General Mills/Eastern Metal Project

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Soup Tureen

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Butter Chip Dish

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design for a Plate

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Dinner Fork

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Eva

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Eva

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Vase

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Plate

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Nut dish

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Prestige

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Sugar bowl and lid

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cup and saucer

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Fruit dish

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Egg cup

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Candlestick

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Glass

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cup and saucer

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Coming Together

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum