Monday, 10 January 2011

Short video clip about Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel

I came across Eva Zeisel in The A-Z of modern Design. Designer for Nambe design company, she is still alive at the age of 104!!!!  Web site all about her work etc.
I have referenced her 'Peek-a-Boo'  vase which she designed for Nambe in 2003

Eva Zeisel

"Eva Zeisel is the most important designer working in the ceramics industry in the 20th century, " says Derek Ostergard, Zeisel historian and Dean of Bard College's Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts.

Zeisel, born in Hungary in 1906, began her career at 18 as an apprentice designer in the ceramics industry in Germany. In the 1930s she was appointed Art Director of Russia's China and Glass Industry. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and began teaching at Pratt Institute in New York and winning design commissions.

In her long career, Zeisel has freelanced for scores of manufacturing clients in the U.S. and Europe. The scarce originals of her everyday ceramic tableware from the 1950s, like Red Wing's Town and Country, are sought-after collector's items. Her work is in the permanent collection of the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. There's even an Eva Zeisel forum with periodic bulletins (

Zeisel's creations are distinguished by their simple charm and "friendliness." Zeisel collectors will be delighted to learn she has integrated these characteristics in her beautiful Nambé metal, crystal and lighting designs.