Behind The Scenes

Remembering New York Designer Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel. Pitchers, ca. 1946-1960. Earthenware. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Eva Zeisel, 2003.56.1-2003.56.3

By Timothy Wroten

For the world of American art and design, last week was marked by the passing of illustrious designer and ceramicist Eva Zeisel, who was 105. The New-York Historical Society Museum was fortunate enough to work with Zeisel in 2003 to collect and exhibit some of her remarkable designs.

Above are some pitchers that were donated to us by the artist in 2003. In the mid-1940s, Red Wing Pottery commissioned Zeisel to create a “Greenwich Villagey” dinner service. The resulting line of dinnerware, in free-form organic shapes with mix-and-match colors, was promoted by Red Wing as “contemporary, functional, colorful, smart” to complement the more casual lifestyles of young post-World War II consumers.

You can pay homage to Eva Zeisel, along with other trailblazing women designers including Clara Driscoll of Tiffany Studios, by visiting the collections on display in our Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

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