Hungarian-born Eva Striker entered the Budapest Royal Academy of Fine Arts at age 17. She apprenticed at the potter’s guild, then, later, began working in Germany at the Shramberger Majolika Fabrik in the Black Forest. Her designs were influenced by the Bauhaus. Following her brother to the Soviet Union, she became “the artistic director of the Soviet ceramics industry,” according to Wikipedia, and worked as an industrial designer. Imprisoned for 16 months on a charge of conspiring to assassinate Stalin, Zeisel spent one year in solitary confinement. Afterwards, she was deported to Vienna. She met and married Hans Zeisel, then moved to the United States to escape the Nazis. Continuing to work in ceramics, she also taught industrial design at the Pratt Institute. Zeisel developed many noted lines, one of the most well known was for Royal Stafford. Much of her work has been on exhibition and Zeisel won the Lifetime Achievement award in 2005 from the Cooper-Hewett National Design Museum. What follows is a TEDTalk entitled, “The playful search for beauty.” Zeisel passed away in 2006 at the age of 104.
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