Happy Birthday Eva Zeisel

By alexandra

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Legendary designer Eva Zeisel would’ve turned 106 years old tomorrow (November 13th). To commemorate Zeisel’s remarkable life, Jean Richards, daughter of the  iconic ceramist,  will read from Zeisel’s prison memoirs at the Strand book store in NYC tomorrow night, 7:30-8:30pm. “Falsely accused of an assassination plot against Stalin, Eva Zeisel was imprisoned for 16 months, 12 of those in solitary confinement.”  Amazingly, she was able to survive this hardship, gain her freedom and follow her passion, eventually designing for companies including Hall, Rosenthal, Chantal, Nambé, Mancioli, Royal Stafford and Leucos USA, among many others. A trailblazer, Zeisel developed and taught the first course in ceramics for industry at the Pratt Institute in New York. She also made history by headlining the first one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  We’ll stop there and let Jean Richards share more of Eva Zeisel’s life with you at the event.  Visit  Strand’s website  for more info and tickets.

If you won’t be able to make it to Strand, the e-book “Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir,”  is conveniently downloadable from Amazon and the iTunes bookstore. It was compiled and edited by Jean Richards and Brent C. Brolin and includes her poignant memoirs, essays and interactive features.

Courtesy of evazeiselmemoir.com

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