Town and Country, Red Wing Pottery, glazed earthenware, designed c. 1945, production began c. 1946, salt and pepper shakers.
Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund; 2000-24-1-a,b, 2-a,b, image Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Eva Striker Zeisel (1906-2011) was a Hungarian-born, American industrial designer. Although she was best known for her ceramics, primarily from the period after she immigrated to the United States, she also worked in glass, wood, metal and plastics.
Zeisel was the first female designer to have a show mounted at the Museum of Modern Art.
The MoMA success brought Zeisel to the attention of Red Wing Potteries, for whom she designed the popular "Town and Country" dinnerware set. These biomorphic salt and pepper shakers represent the best example of a playful search for shape. Her forms were often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships. "Town and Country" was initially available in seven colors that could be mixed and matched by the consumer.