One of my hero(ine)s is Eva Zeisel. Here's a quote from Wikipedia:
Eva Striker Zeisel (born Eva Amalia Striker, November 13, 1906) is a Hungarian industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she immigrated to the United States. Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships. Work from throughout her prodigious career is included in important museum collections across the world. Zeisel declares herself a "maker of useful things.". Zeisel currently resides in New York where she continues to design furniture as well as glass and ceramic objects.
The thing is that most useful, everyday glassware is not marked with the designer's name. Which,from my selfish point of view, is a very good thing. Once you've held one of Zeisel's glasses in your hand you will never be interested in holding another...and you will always recognize it even when it's hiding among myriad knockoffs.
Today on my trip to a Goodwill Thrift Store ....because it was near where my art quilt group met today....VIOLA!!! I came across Twelve!!! small juice glasses, sometimes referred to as sherry glasses.
I think I have cornered the market on them here along the CT Shoreline.
I love them. All sizes, with the Federal Co. swirl or without. Each is a wonderful, useful piece of sculpture.
Bravo, Eva! You are an inspiration! Can you imagine: Approaching 104 years of age AND still creating beautiful objects!