Life, Design, and Beauty
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
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Eva Zeisel was one of the twentieth century's most influential ceramicists and designers of modern housewares. Her distinctive take on modern industrial design was inspired by organic form and brought beauty and playfulness to housewares, earning her designs a beloved place in midcentury homes. This richly illustrated volume—the first-ever complete biographical account of Zeisel's life and work—presents an extensive survey of every line she ever created, all captured in gorgeous new photography, plus 28 short essays from scholars, collectors, curators, and designers. The definitive book on the grande dame of twentieth-century ceramics, this is an essential resource for anyone who appreciates modern design.
Pat Kirkham is a professor at the Bard Graduate Center and author of several books. She lives in New York.
Pat Moore is co-founder of the Eva Zeisel Forum and an avid researcher of Zeisel's work. She lives in San Francisco.
Pirco Wolfframm is an internationally published graphic designer and writer. She lives in New York.
Eva Zeisel's (1906–2011) works are collected by museums across the globe.
"A loving look at both her life and her work, with stunning photographs that beautifully showcase Zeisel's creations." - BookPage
"It is a pleasure to find a book that combines elegant design and readability with thorough research, especially when the subject is the fascinating 105-year life of ceramic designer Eva Zeisel.... A beautifully illustrated survey of the life and work of an important designer, useful to both collectors and readers interested in 20th-century modernism." -Library Journal
"At once scholarly and intimate, this book honors the unique life and artistic achievements of Eva Zeisel.... Her designs are photographed with magical light by Brent Brolin and chronicled by Kirkham and her co-authors, Pat Moore and Pirco Wolfframm, who also became devoted friends and scholars of all things Zeisel. Whether emerging out of darkness or basking against a warm, bright glow, each piece pops with boldness of contour and subtlety of surface."- Ellen Lupton, Designers & Books
"A remarkable tribute to one of the 20th century's most adept ceramicists and designers of housewares." - San Jose Mercury News