Eva Zeisel…

…now here is a woman who has crossed many a border:

from Hungary to Germany to Russia to Austria and eventually the US…

from painting to pottery to design that shaped the look of modern homes.

Today’s New York Times feature includes this:

“By 1935, she was working in Moscow as the artistic director of the Russian republic’s china and glass industry. On May 28, 1936, she was arrested, falsely accused by a colleague of conspiring to assassinate Stalin. She was imprisoned for 16 months, mostly in solitary confinement, an experience that Arthur Koestler, a childhood friend, drew upon in writing his celebrated 1941 novel, “Darkness at Noon.”

Again, Ms. Zeisel’s eyes were opened. “You feel the difference first in the way you see colors,” she wrote later of the deprivations of prison.

At 105 she has crossed  another threshold.


Asked how to make something beautiful, she once replied, “You just have to get out of the way.” (this, too, from the NYT piece)


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