Eva Zeisel

An Early Eva Zeisel Design


Designer Eva Zeisel, born on this date in 1906, passed away at the age of 105 last December. A major figure in 20th-century industrial design, she is perhaps best known for her contributions to mid-20th century American modernist ceramics. Her career, however, spanned more than 80 years, and we are fortunate to have some of her early works, including this tea set known variously as the Leningrad or Intourist tea service (Intourist was the Soviet Union’s official state travel bureau).
Eva Zeisel, Varvara Petrovna Freze, Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, ceramics, Porcelain, enamel, gilding, Soviet Union, Leningrad, Tea set, Pratt Institute, Hungary

Bill's Design Talks: A Tribute to Eva Zeisel


Eva Zeisel was an industrial designer, ceramic artist, writer, and force of nature. During her extraordinary career, which spanned nine decades, she produced highly recognizable domestic items that changed the way Americans set their tables and furnished their homes. Zeisel was widely regarded as a master of modern design, creating objects that were beautiful as well as useful. She often said that her work was the "playful search for beauty."
Eva Zeisel, Industrial Designer, Ceramic Artist, Playful Search for Beauty, ceramics, pottery, Tribute, Jed Perl, James Klein, David Reid, bills design talks, panel, talk, long, public program

Eva Zeisel's Playful Search for Beauty


Eva Zeisel was 105 years old when she died on December 30, 2011. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1906 and entered the Hungarian Royal Academy of Fine Arts as a painter in 1923, but soon decided that she wanted to become a “maker of useful things.”
Eva Zeisel, in memoriam, pottery, ceramics, playful, useful, Playful Search for Beauty