Sad news in the design world to start the new year, Eva Zeisel passed away last week at the age of 105. Most everyone has seen / admired some of her work sometime in their life. She has quite a story & worked continuously, most recently releasing some amazing salt & paper shakers at the spry age of 103. Read a bit more after the jump.
She began her career in the 1920s designing ceramics in Germany, before eventually moving to Russia, where she was imprisoned after falsely being accused of plotting to assassinate Joseph Stalin. After being released she was deported to Austria, where in the 1930s she fled the Nazis by reportedly catching the last train out of town. She subsequently married Hanz Zeisel in England and boarded a ship to New York City, where she eventually taught ceramics at Pratt Institute in the ’40s. And in 1946 she broke new ground for female designers by having the first-ever one-woman show at the MoMA.
Think about that for a second. She was working in Germany BEFORE World War 1 and she released salt & pepper shakers 2 years ago.