Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty by Pat Kirkham, Pirco Wolfframm, Pat Moore


Eva Zeisel was one of the twentieth century’s most influential ceramicists and designers of modern housewares. Her distinctive take on modern industrial design was inspired by organic form and brought beauty and playfulness to housewares, earning her designs a beloved place in midcentury homes. This richly illustrated volume–the first-ever complete biographical account of Zeisel’s life and work–presents an extensive survey of every line she ever created, all captured in gorgeous new photography, plus 28 short essays from scholars, collectors, curators, and designers. The definitive book on the grande dame of twentieth-century ceramics, this is an essential resource for anyone who appreciates modern design.

About the Author

Eva Zeisel (1906-2011) is widely recognized as one of the twentieth-century’s most distinguished designers of modern housewares. Pat Kirkham is a professor at Bard Graduate center and a prolific author of several books on design, gender and film. Pirco Wolfframm’s graphic design work and writings on design have been exhibited and published internationally. Brent C. Brolin is a professional photographer.


“A loving look at both her life and her work, with stunning photographs that beautifully showcase Zeisel’s creations.” – BookPage “At once scholarly and intimate, this book honors the unique life and artistic achievements of Eva Zeisel…. Her designs are photographed with magical light by Brent Brolin and chronicled by Kirkham and her co-authors, Pat Moore and Pirco Wolfframm, who also became devoted friends and scholars of all things Zeisel. Whether emerging out of darkness or basking against a warm, bright glow, each piece pops with boldness of contour and subtlety of surface.”- Ellen Lupton, Designers & Books “It is a pleasure to find a book that combines elegant design and readability with thorough research, especially when the subject is the fascinating 105-year life of ceramic designer Eva Zeisel…. A beautifully illustrated survey of the life and work of an important designer, useful to both collectors and readers interested in 20th-century modernism.” -Library Journal “A remarkable tribute to one of the 20th century’s most adept ceramicists and designers of housewares.” – San Jose Mercury News

  • Format: Hardcover, Illustrated
  • Pages: 256
  • Publishing Date: 1 October 2013
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN: 1452108528
  • Dimensions: 27 x 24 x 2.5 cm (1.63 kg)


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