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The Jack, King & Queen of SHAPE: Ben SEIBEL, Russel WRIGHT & Eva ZEISEL: An Exhibit of Rare Dinnerware

Modern tablescapes of the 30s, 40s and 50s were mainly dominated by designers BEN SEIBEL, RUSSEL WRIGHT & EVA ZEISEL. See examples of their designs, including whole lines and rare patterns. $10 (View exhibit between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
Category: @Palm Springs, Exhibition, Self-guided


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Three designers reigned over the Modern tablescape during the 30s, 40s and 50s, each making glorious contributions to shape, glazing, whimsey and “easy entertaining for the modern home-maker”.

Known predominantly for his work in 1960s “Space Age” tableware, our “Jack”, BEN SEIBEL, hit his creative peak early in his career with ROSEVILLE RAYMOR STONEWARE in 1952, a dinnerware line. Produced for only a few years (in an effort to save Raymor from bankruptcy), attendees will preview nearly every piece in the line, showcasing the best examples of his work.

Ironically, it was Seibel’s mentor, RUSSEL WRIGHT, who opened the door that made all of Seibel’s resultant work possible. This undisputed “King” of midcentury esthetics virtually created the “Modern aesthetic” with the introduction of AMERICAN MODERN 1939 – the first dinnerware line to bring sensual, decidedly un-fussy modern shapes and earthy, complex glazes to the American dining table. Wright then created IROQUOIS CASUAL after the War – a new iteration of user-friendly, ergonomic designs. These, along with STERLING Restaurantware, SOLAR dinnerware (by Knowles) and the HIGHLIGHT line (by Paden City Pottery), are the five Wright lines to be displayed, with most shapes and all glaze examples represented.

The undisputed “Queen” of Midcentury design, EVA ZEISEL’s work continues to captivate and delight all who encounter it. Pieces must be seen, analyzed, savored from multiple angles to appreciate her asymmetries, organic curves, and her sly, abundant humor. Zeisel’s best work will be plentifully displayed through 4 lines: TOWN & COUNTRY (for Red Wing), MUSEUM WHITE (Castleton), CENTURY SUNGLOW (Hallcraft), and MONMOUTH FINE STONEWARE (and its reproduction by Schmid).

A must-see for fans of midcentury modern dinnerware!


Things to Know

Your ticket allows entry to the exhibit between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on the day listed on your ticket. We recommend that you allow at least 30 minutes for the exhibit (which includes check-in and self-guided tour).
No eating inside the Library or Exhibit, any drinks must be covered with a lid.
Not recommended for children under 12 as the exhibit is of fragile and easily breakable dinnerware and tablescape pieces.
Exhibit attendance will be monitored at the door to allow for flow and spacing inside the exhibit, so upon arrival you may be asked to briefly wait to enter.
There are no public restrooms at the Library, restrooms are available across the street, near Starbucks.
Self-parking on the street.
This event is wheelchair accessible. There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
The organizer of this event is Friends of the Palm Springs Library.

Event Check-in Location

Welwood Murray Memorial Library, Cornelia White Community Room, 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Monmouth Fine Stoneware by Eva ZEISEL the “QUEEN” of MCM Masters of Shape, Photo by Jay Dunaway; SOLAR by Russell WRIGHT  the “KING” of MCM Masters of Shape, Photo by Jay Dunaway; Roseville RAYMOR MODERN STONEWARE by Ben SEIBEL the “JACK” of MCM Masters of Shape, Photo by Jay Dunaway

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