Manufacturer: Castleton China, porcelain, glazed,
1942-46, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan, image: The International Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan
In 1942, Louis Hellman, a co-founder of the newly-formed Castleton China Company,
commissioned industrial designer Eva Zeisel (1906-2011) to design the first modern
porcelain dinnerware produced in the United States. Zeisel created a set of 25 sculptural
shapes based on rounded squares, squared ovals, and circles. Many of the pieces Zeisel
designed for the line had not been seen before in formal dinnerware, such as the large
square salad bowl, the handleless creamer, and the open sugar bowl.