Eva’s life was filled with adventures. This timeline is thanks to Pat Moore and is featured in Eva Zeisel: Life, Design and Beauty which meticulously documents Eva’s long career.
ABRIDGED life Timeline
1906 Eva Amalia Stricker born Budapest, Hungary.
1923 Studies at Hungarian Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest.
1924 Apprentice potter, Budapest.
First woman member, Guild of Chimney Sweeps, Oven Makers, Roof Tilers, Well Diggers, and Potters, Budapest.
1925 Establishes her own pottery studio, Budapest.
Visits 1925 Paris Exposition, France.
1926 Honorable Mention, Sesquicentennial Exposition, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, U.S.
Freelance designer, Kispester-Granit, Budapest.
1927 Designer, Hansa Kunstkeramik, Hamburg, Germany.
1928 Designs stage sets, continues painting, Budapest.
1928-30 Designer, Schramberger Majolikafabrik, Schramberg, Germany.
1930-31 Designer, Christian Carstens KG, Steingutfabrik, Germany.
Lives in Berlin, Germany.
1932-37 Lives and works in USSR.
1932 Consultant, Ukraine Central Glass and Porcelain Trust.
Designer, Artistic Laboratory, Lomonosov State Porcelain Factory, Leningrad, USSR.
1933 Marries Alex Weissberg.
1934 Designer, Dulevo Porcelain Factory, Orekhovo-Zuevo, USSR.
1935 Artistic Director of China and Glass Industry, USSR.
1936-37 Eva is accused of attempting to assassinate Joseph Stalin and is imprisoned for 16 months—10 in solitary confinement—
1937 Joins family members in Vienna, Austria.
1938 Divorces Weissberg, Vienna.
Flees Vienna for England.
Marries Hans Zeisel, Vienna. Eva and Hans emigrate to the United States.
1939 Miniature tea set, Simon Slobodkin, NYC (probably NP).
Watches, Hamilton Watch Co., Lancaster, Pennsylvania (NP).
Giftware, Bay Ridge Specialty Corporation, Trenton, New Jersey (LP).
Teaches at Pratt Institute, NYC (1939-53)
1940 Daughter Jean born.
1942 STRATOWARE dinnerware, Universal Potteries, Cambridge, Ohio, for Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chicago, Illinois.
UTILITY WARE (NP).
1944 Son John born.
1946 MUSEUM dinnerware, Castleton China, New Castle, Pennsylvania (LP 1946, full production 1949).
New Shapes in Modern China: Designed by Eva Zeisel exhibition Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
1947 TOWN AND COUNTRY dinnerware, Red Wing Potteries, Red Wing, Minnesota.
Dinnerware and giftware, Riverside Ceramic Company, Riverside, California.
Dinnerware, Butler Brothers, Chicago (NP).
CLOVERWARE, Clover Box and Manufacturing Company, NYC.
Perfume bottles, Charles of the Ritz and Richard Hudnut, NYC (NP).
Picture frames, mail boxes, and tape dispensers, Metal-Craft, Chicago (NP).
Glass jugs, Federal Tool Corporation, Chicago.
1948 Stainless-steel pot, pan, and kettle with plastic handles, General Mills, Minneapolis, Minnesota (NP).
1949 MUSEUM dinnerware, Castleton China, full production begins.
Ohio Potteries Child Toiletries (NP)
This children’s toiletries set consists of a shaker bottle with a cork in the bottom, which could be used for either oil or baby powder; a lidded jar for cotton balls; and two stoppered bottles that could be used for lotions, powders, or oils. Designed by Eva with the assistance of her student and model maker, Irving Achorn, prototypes were produced by Ohio Potteries in 1949 in pink and blue glazes but were never manufactured. While originally created as a baby set, the pieces could easily be converted to use as containers for personal toiletries as the child grew older (which may have been a consideration because Eva’s own children were reaching their preteen years). PM
1949-50 RESILIENT CHAIR (LP).
1950 RANCH HOUSE tea set, Char, House, NYC (LP).
NORLEANS CHINA dinnerware, Meito China, Japan, for United China and Glass, New Orleans, Lousiana.
1951 Rosewood, metal, and ceramic giftware, Salisbury Artisans, Salisbury, Connecticut (LP).
Eva designed a set of dinnerware that was manufactured by Loza Fina, S.A., in Guadalajara, Mexico. Little is known about the circumstances of this commission, the pieces from which were available at the Sears, Roebuck & Co. store in Mexico City and other retailers. A Sears advertisement in January 1951 entitles “Everything for the Modern Kitchen” included an illustration of Eva’s Design. In late 1951, the shapes were also shown in advertisements from several other retailers. Ads for the Loza Fina company in December 1951 promoted “Elegance and Distinction” and included an example of Eva’s line. The designs were also included in the exhibition El Arte en la Vida Diaria, curated by the designer-architect Clara Porset, opened in Mexico City in April 1952. Porset juxtaposed modern Mexican industrial design products with traditional indigenous handcrafted objects. Eva’s Loza Fina design is shown in the exhibition catalogue. Porset had connections to MoMA in New York in the 1940s, and may have met Eva or been familiar with her work.
As of this writing, examples that have been found are decorated with decal patterns (several floral designs, “courting couples” tableaux, and Chinese-style imagery, some of which were also available on china produced in the U.S.). Additionally, Loza Fina used the same decals on shapes not designed by Eva. Sets with hand-painted designs have also been found. These may have been produced aftermarket, perhaps for the tourist trade. The line is marked with the acronym “LOFISA” and a symbol representing the twin spires of Guadalajara’s cathedral. JD
1952 Hallcraft TOMORROW’S CLASSIC dinnerware, Hall China Company, East Liverpool, Ohio.
SILHOUETTE glassware, Bryce Brothers, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
1953 Glassware, A.H. Heisey and Co., newark, Ohio.
EVA ZEISEL FINE STONEWARE dinnerware and kitchenware, Monmouth division, Western Stoneware Co., Monmouth, Illinois.
Moves to Chicago. Hans Zeisel takes position at University of Chicago.
Gos China: WEE MODERN
Eva designed what became the WEE MODERN children’s ware for her own children in the late 1940s. It consisted of a two-handled mug, porringer-style bowl, and loop-handled dish. Her then-assistant, Irving Achorn, recalled “working on a set of ceramic tableware for children and photographing it” in about 1949. The whimsical decal pattern used on the pieces was not approved by Eva, who had selected solid pastel glaze colors.
The set was introduced at the 1953 Chicago China and Glass Market where it was displayed on the Sun Glo Studios table along with other designs. Her commission was to find a commercially attractive product that could be produced in large, but very low, kilns previously used for the production of ceramic spark plugs. Produced under the stamo of Goss China, neither the exact name of the manufacturer nor the location of the plant are known; it may well have been Chatham Potteries, a small planet in Chatham, New Jersey, which was owned by a family named Goss. RV/PM
1954 PRESTIGE GLASSWARE, Federal Glass Co., Columbus, Ohio.
Reestablishes NYC Studio.
1955 Kitchenware, Hall China Company, East Liverpool, Ohio.
Watt Pottery: SOUTH MOUNTAIN STONEWARE (NP)
Eva Zeisel’s kitchenware design for Watt Pottery (Crooksville, Ohio), names SOUTH MOUNTAIN STONEWARE of her New York country home, may be her most obscure. Eva first met with Iliff Watt in 1954 during one of his periodic trips to New . York and she agreed to design a line of one of his periodic trips to New York and she agreed to design a line of dinnerware. The set was to be offered on a trial basis, so Watt gave her full creative control. According to Watt’s records, four examples of each of the eighteen pieces (numbered 101 through 118) were made (excepting the no. 111 coffee cups).
Watt’s customers favored a simple country look, and Eva took her cue from the company’s existing lines. Her “fit-the-hand” sensibilities are evident in the forms. Pattern designs by the French artist-designer Michel Cadoret, who created sketches of abstract animals called “Jungle Barnyard,” are related to his tapestry designs such as that featured on the cover of 10 Tapisseries: Michel Cadoret. Cadoret’s creatures were applied in black slip using rubber stamps on handsome cream, ivory, and speckled almond glaze backgrounds.
When introduced in 1955 at the Glass and Pottery exhibit, SOUTH MOUNTAIN STONEWARE did not generate sufficient orders to merit full production. Watt’s son Bryce recalled that his father hated Cadoret’s weird animals but liked Eva’s modern shapes. In 1959, Watt incorporated some of her SOUTH MOUNTAIN STONEWARE pieces into the company’s ORCHARD WARE line, using decorative autumnal leaves or colorful glazes to adorn the surfaces. This modified set was introduced and marketed through the company that had registered the ORCHARD WARE name: Newland, Schneeloch, and Piek. ORCHARD WARE sold reasonable well, but was never as popular as other lines designed by Eva about the same time, possibly because her original version at Watt Pottery was diluted. DT
1956 Hallcraft CENTURY dinnerware, Hall China Company, East Liverpool, Ohio.
1957 HI-FI STONEWARE dinnerware, Hollydale Pottery, South Gate, California.
1958 EVA dinnerware, Thomas and Johann Haviland divisions, Rosenthal AG. Germany.
Dinnerware space dividers, Manchioli Pottery, Montelupo, Italy (NP)
1960-61 Teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
The Tea Council, 1961
When Hans Zeisel was working with the Tea Council, an organization formed to promote the drinking of tea in America in preparation for the opening of the Tea Center in midtown Manhattan in April of 1961. Eva was the obvious choice to design the graphics. The organization used the logo she created on its letterhead, literature, and cocktail napkins. PM
1962 STOCKHOLM glassware, Federal Glass Co., Columbus, Ohio.
1963 Dinnerware, Noritake China Inc., Nagoya, Japan (NP).
Dinnerware, Bengal Potteries, Calcutta, India (NP).
1964 HIGH FASHION giftware & dinnerware, Hyalyn Porcelain, Hickory, North Carolina.
SCHMID IRONSTONE dinnerware & giftware, Nihon Koshitsu Toki Co., Kanazawa, Japan, for Schmid International, Boston, Massachusetts.
RESILIENT CHAIR exhibited, Milan Triennale, Italy.
1965-84 Eva focuses on historical research, writing, and peace movement activism.
1978-82 Designs CLOSET FURNITURE (NP).
1983 Senior Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts.
Dinnerware and giftware, Kispester-Granit, Budapest, Hungary (NP).
Giftware, Zsolnay Manufactory, Pécs, Hungary (LP).
1984 EVA ZEISEL: DESIGNER FOR INDUSTRY exhibition, Le Château Dufresne, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Canada (travels to Brooklyn Museum, NYC; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Flint Institute of Art, Michigan).
1985 PINNACLE dinnerware, Yamaka Shoten, Japan, for International China Company, NYC.
1987 EVA ZEISEL: DESIGNER FOR INDUSTRY exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.
1988 Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art, London, England.
1991 Honorary Doctorate, Parsons School of Design, New School University, NYC.
1992 Hans dies, Chicago.
EVA ZEISEL: DESIGNER FOR INDUSTRY exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1993-97 Designs furniture.
1995 Officially “rehabilitated” by Russian Government.
Receptacle for storing household recyclables (NP).
Original Leather Store
Steve Rappaport, who rented Eva’s guest house in Rockland County from 1990-1995, was well-acquainted with Eva and her design ideas before he commissioned her to designer the interior of his Original Leather Store in New York City. Eva designed display systems and furnishings which included a curved counter space for sales transactions. Discussions went back and forth while Eva measured the length of jackets and coats, and the size of bags, briefcases, and luggage, considering each display area and making careful calculations.
She decided on a cherrywood flexible rack system, with “eagle” shelf supports that were echoed in the mirrors she placed behind the shelving. She located a craftsman in North Carolina to build the shelving and a company in New York City to install it. Eva supervised the fabrication and installation, visiting the store every two to three days, ensuring that her work met her exacting standards. Additional New York Stores in Greenwich Village and at Madison and 82nd Street followed, with Eva again creating display areas for each interior.
“The practical response to her work was that my business increased phenomenally,” commented Rappaport. He also noted that his favorite part of the creation process was when it became necessary to go into the basement of the 1st Street store, which could only be reached by lifting a trap door in the floor and descending via a rather steeply inclined ladder. Eighty-eight-year-old Eva led the way, ahead of others who were many years her junior. It was for more than her designs that Steve Rappaport remains an Eva fan. PM
1996 Office furnishings, Brownstone Publishers, NYC (LP).
Reissues selected earlier designs, World of Ceramics, Morganton, North Carolina.
1997 Personal Recognition Award, Industrial Designers Society of America.
Reissues TOWN AND COUNTRY dinnerware, Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, NYC.
1997-2000 New designs, reissues/adaptations of earlier designs, the Orange Chicken, NYC.
1998 Binns Medal for Excellence in Ceramic Art, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, New York.
1999 New designs and reissues exhibited, the Orange Chicken Gallery, NYC.
LOST MOLDS AND FOUND DINNERWARE: REDISCOVERING EVA SEISEL’S HALLCRAFT exhibition. the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University.
EVA vases, KleinReid, NYC.
Eva Zeisel Collectors Club founded (becomes Eva Zeisel forum in 2003)
1999-2008 Metal and crystal giftware, lamps, and bowls, Nambé, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2000 Delegation from Lomonosov Porcelain Factory visits Eva, NYC.
Travels to Russia.
Zeisel Medallions, Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, Russia.
REIGN Martini Glass, Bombay Sapphire Gin (advertising use only).
Bronze Apple Award, Industrial Design Society of America.
Reissues Schramberg tea set, Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, NYC.
2001 Honorary Member, American Ceramic Society
Street in Schramberg, Germanym renamed Eva-Zeisel-Straße.
2002 Tea set and pitchers, KleinReid, NYC.
Living Legend Award, Pratt Institute, NYC.
Russel Wright Award for Design Excellence, Manitoga: The Russel Wright Design Center, Garrison, New York.
THROWING CURVES: EVA ZEISEL documentary, Canobie Films, director Jyll Johnstone.
Acme Studios, Kula Hawaii
Acme Studios approached Eva in 2002 to design surface patterns for its collection of printed pens. Eva submitted several options and Capital was released in 2003. She also designed a white ceramic desk pen, Talisman (2004), followed by the Spring pen and card case (2006). The Olivia pen (2010), named for Eva’s longtime design assistant, Olivia Barry, was part of Acme’s very thing Stiletto series of objects designed by women, for women. PM
2004 Vases and bowls, marinha grande mglass, Marinha Grande, Portugal.
TALISMAN tea service, Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Crystal wine glasses, Nambé, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
RAINDROP Table (cast resin), Dune, NYC.
EVA ZEISEL: THE PLAYFUL SEARCH FOR BEAUTY exhibition, Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee (travels to Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; High Museum, Atlanta Georgia; Hillwood Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.).
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
Honorary Doctorate, University of Craft and Design, Budapest.
Honorary Royal Designer for Industry, Royal Society of Arts, London.
Publishes EVA ZEISEL ON DESIGN: THE MAGIC LANGUAGE OF THINGS.
2005 CLASSIC CENTURY dinnerware, Royal Stafford, England (distributed worldwide, by Crate & Barrel in U.S.).
MAGIC LANGUAGE prints, KleinReid, NYC.
Honorary Doctorate, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.
Lifetime Achievement Award, National Design Awards Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, NYC.
EVA ZEISEL: THE SHAPE OF LIFE exhibition, Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania.
2006 Reissues PINNACLE tea set with newly designed mug, Chantal, Houston, Texas.
Tables, candlesticks, and jewelry trees, Eva Zeisel Originals, Boston, Massachusetts.
EVA ZEISEL: MY CENTURY exhibition, Bard Graduate Center at the International Art+Design Fair, Park Avenue Armory, NYC.
EVA ZEISEL AT 100: A LIFETIME OF MASTERWORK IN DESIGN exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC.
EVA ZEISEL: EXTRAORDINARY DESIGNER AT 100 exhibition, Mingei International Museum. San Diego, California (travels to Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California).
Chantal: EVA Kettle
In March of 2006, Heida Thurlow, founder and CEO of the Texac cookware company called Chantal, contacted Eva Zeisel about a commission. having designed many teapots during her long career, Eva was thrilled by the idea of creating a tea kettle. They created a tea kettle inspired by Eva’s antique copper one with a bent, mashed-in handle from ware. They aimed at a retail price of about one hundred dollars.
The final design with its beautiful silhouette and comfortable grip was introduced at the 2006 International Housewares Trade Show. It has a 1.8-quart capacity, a seam-free body with a wide base for quicker boiling, a Hohner whistle, and a silicone stay-cool grip handle that is tilted in the manner of the one in Eva’s kitchen. Bloomingdale’s department store carried the Eva Kettle in a brushed stainless-steel finish in a limited edition of 550, while Crate & Barrel brought it out in an exclusive mirrored polish. Other retailers sold a cheaper brushed stainless-steel version. in 2007 Chantal added enamel coatings in onyx and chili red. DDT
2007 GRAND DINING TABLE, Eva Zeisel Originals, Boston, Massachusetts.
EVA ZEISEL COFFEE TABLE offered by Design within Reach, San Francisco, California.
2008 ONE-O-ONE dinnerware and vases, Royal Stafford, England for Bloomingdale’s, NYC.
EDEN dinnerware and giftware, Nambé, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rugs, the Rug Company, London England.
Hanging lamps, Tazza Mia Coffeeshop, Cincinnati, Ohio (LP).
Reissues baby feeder (1940s) with added spoon and hall Kitchenware refrigerator pitcher, Neue Galerie Design Shop, NYC.
Brass candlestick, Eva Zeisel Originals, Boston, Massachusetts.
2009 Visionary Award, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC.
Handblown glass bowls and vases, Vitreluxe, Portland, Oregon, for Gump’s, San Francisco, California.
Lounge Chair, Eva Zeisel Originals, Boston, Massachusetts.
GRANITE dinnerware, Design Within Reach, San Francisco, California.
Glass Christmas ornaments, Museum of Modern Art Store, NYC.
2010 LOVERS’ SUITE, LOVERS’ SUITE 2 and TREES prints, KleinReid, NYC.
Reissues bird salt and pepper shakers based on Schmid Ironstone Design, Eva Zeisel Originals, Boston, Massachusetts.
2011 Plexiglas picture frames, Wexel Art, Austin Texas.
Dies, December 30th, Rockland County, New York.
2012 EVA ZEISEL COLLECTION glass lighting, made in Italy for Leucos U.S.A., Edison, New Jersey.
2013 EVA flatware, Yamazaki Tableware, Japan, for Crate & Barrel.