Friday, December 30, 2011

Eva Zeisel Dies At Age 105

Longtime South Mountain Road resident Eva Zeisel of New City, New York, an award-winning and internationally-known industrial designer and ceramics artist, has died at age 105, according to family friends.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, on Nov. 13, 1906, Zeisel's designs are shown in museums and sold in stores around the world and on the Internet. In 2005, she received the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Design Museum of the Smithsonian.

Her work is also sold through a family-run online business, Eva Zeisel Originals.

Friends said age did not deter her work. In 2010, two designs released through — a lounge chair and salt and pepper shakers were featured in Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine. Zeisel was also interviewed for a story in the April 2010 magazine about the sources for her continuing inspirations.

Eva Zeisel's Red Wing Pottery Town and Country Salt and Pepper,
designed 1945-1946, produced 1947-circa 1950

Stratoware was a line of dinnerware created by Eva Zeisel 
for Sears during 1941-1942.  It is a limited line and very
difficult to find, although a lot of the covered casseroles 
seem to show up.

Here are a couple of ads from vintage Sears catalogs
showing some of the pieces in the line.

One of my ads was included in the catalog for an Eva Zeisel exhibition
at the Knoxville Museum of Art back in 2004.

Not all the pieces in the following image are Stratoware.  The four mugs
are vintage Fiesta ring handled mugs with an ivory exterior and an
alternate interior glaze.  These are generally seen with advertising
promotions for various companies.


  1. Thank you for that piece of history, I really enjoyed reading that, so much to learn!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing! I went to a church rummage sale a few years ago and someone purchased two for $12. That was before I knew what treasures they were.

  3. This was just mentioned on the program Sunday Morning, but I told my husband that your post was about Eva so much more informative! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures of her work. :) I have a much better appreciation for her after your post!

  4. Hugely informative, and a delight. Candy, do you have any pieces of the Museum or Tomorrow's Classic lines? I'd love to see a tablescape or display of either of those.

  5. Now wondering if the salt and pepper shakers, which are a hoot and a half, are meant to evoke Al Capp's schmoos...

  6. Or vice versa. Not sure Capp's schmoos showed up until after 1960.


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