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Bowls in Steel Grey

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Cylinder Pebble Vase in Matte Warm Grey

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Groove Vases in Orange

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Groove Vases in Warm Grey

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Groove Vase in Satin Red

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Groove Mug in Sky Blue

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A few months ago, I had the incredible honor of spending an afternoon with one of my all time favorite designers, Eva Zeisel. I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to share this. Perhaps I needed time to process it all, knowing that even with time I probably would never be able to express how excited, nervous and awe struck I felt. I’ve been inspired by Eva’s work ever since I started working with clay and never imagined that I would have the opportunity to meet her, let alone spend an afternoon in her home.

She lives in a beautiful pre-war building on the upper west side of Manhattan, the same apartment that she first moved into when she came to this country in the late 30’s. We sat in her living room with a few sweets and one of her most recognizable tea sets, Hallcraft Tomorrow’s Classic, arranged on the table in front of us.

As suggested by her assistant, I brought some of my own work to show her. Though her site is failing, she meticulously inspected every curve with her hands, slowly running her fingers along the forms. I gave her a Little Whirl as a gift and have since learned that she uses it regularly. To say that I was floored by that would be the understatement of the century.

The majority of her extensive catalogue is kept at her upstate New York home, however a few of her most recognizable pieces can be found throughout the apartment. At 104, she continues to work and keeps a dedicated study where she had been designing a new chair.

I still think about our visit almost every day. Sometimes I still can’t believe that it happened. I’m so grateful that it did.

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