Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Eva Zeisel - 105 and going strong!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of pottery - more specifically white pottery. I's timeless, classic and never goes out of style. The works of Eva Zeisel have always appealed to me. So, today I thought I would devote my blog entry to her.

Eva started her studies at the young age of 17 in Budapest, where she studied fine art and soon after entered an apprenticeship as a potter. She moved around Europe to experience new movements all the while designing beautiful pieces of pottery. Her work was displayed in many Museums, including MoMA in New York.

She has had an incredible career that is still going strong. Many of her designs are still being produced today - my favourite is her Classic Century table setting line. In the early 40’s Eva was approached by the Museum of Modern Art to design the first ‘all white china service’ in the States. Working with Castleton China and delayed due to World War II, it wasn't until 1946 that MoMA exhibited the collection and the reaction left no question of Eva Zeisels importance as one of the leaders in modern ceramic design. Many commissions followed for famous department stores and Eva worked with a number of important manufacturers. It was her work at Hall China in the early 50’s which attracted the attention of Royal Stafford and discovering that Eva still retained the original block moulds led them to recreate items from the Classic and Century shapes for a new generation, 5 decades and the next millennium from the original concept. This line is still being produced today - which is a testament to her talent and popularity - I've said it so many times ... classic design never goes out of style ... and here is the proof ...

Why have any old teapot when you can have a one that is functional, beautiful and a work of art!

Gravy boat - probably the most iconic piece.

Hope you enjoyed this post.
Happy decorating!

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