EVA ZEISEL: MASTER OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

 

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A popular Eva Zeisel Teapot, distinguished only be the applied pattern. The photo is from the Eva Zeisel Forum Facebook group.

The Story and Work of a Useful Object Maker

Industrial design masters, like Eva Zeisel, are very special. They are people whose work has transcended the design of everyday objects to things of beauty.

They are masters. This blog post will focus primarily on her mastery of tableware designs.

 

Industrial Designed Objects

Before I go any further I want to make a crucial distinction. It is the way that industrial design differs from crafts artisanship.

ID objects are meant to be machine reproduced in quantity. Yet a prototype may start out as a hand made one of a kind.

 

Handmade Crafts

But on the other hand, crafts are hand made. This is from start to finish.

If a craft object is reproduced, it is done so by hand. In addition, it may even stay one of a kind.

 

 

About Eva Zeisel

The details of Eva Zeisel’s life fascinate me. She spent a short time in jail for political protest. This did not dampen her enthusiasm for life. She lived to be 105. Her career included teaching Industrial design at Pratt Institute in New York. As a matter of fact, I lived near Pratt and took a course there. For an in-depth biography, read below and go to the sources and resources section of this post.

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A short bio of Eva Zeisel,Industrial Design Master from Google.

Design Styles

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Three fish shaped bowls by Industrial designer Eva Zeisel. Photo from the Eva Zeisel Facebook forum Group.

Eva Zeisel Colorful Teapot Designs

The picture above of the nested fish bowls may be less typical of her work than her tableware designs. Here is one that I love.

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An Eva Zeisel teapot set design from her Facebook Group forum.

Teardrop Collections

Eva Zeisel’s work was well known for the teardrop shape design. Below are samples.

Museums, Exhibitions and Colllections

Over the years Eva’s design vocabulary changed. I would be remiss not to include other pieces I like very much. They are in the tea set category. Notable are shows of her work in museums all over the country, as well. They have included:
Denver Art Museum, Serious Play 2019
Eva Zeisel Collection at the International Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor Michigan
Eva Zeisel Collection pieces at RISD

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Listing of Museums and exhibitions from Wikipedia

Future posts in the Industrial Design Masters series may include RUSSELL WRIGHT, DOROTHY, MACKENZIE-CHILDS, PORTER, and the TARGET TEAPOT DESIGNER/ARCHITECT

SOURCES & RESOURCES

Eva Zeisel, Wikipedia
Nonfiction Book Review-Eva Zeisel on Design: The Magic Language of Things
Eva Zeisel Forum, Facebook Group

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