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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman (Repost)

Evelyn (1924- ) and Jerome (1920- ) Ackerman are Los Angeles-based artists and designers whose 50-year collaborative partnership has resulted in a body of work that is representative of the California Modernism movement.

The couple received separate studio training. Evelyn studied painting and drawing at the University of Michigan, and, after transferring to Wayne University, she received her BFA and MFA there. She brought to this design marriage an eye for composition and color, as well as considerable artistic ability, as evidenced by her textiles, wood carvings, enamels and mosaics.

 Jerome enrolled in Wayne University in 1939 but did not complete his degree in art until he returned from service in the U. S. Air Force during World War II. He earned his MFA at Alfred University in 1952. He brought his talent as a ceramist to the partnership, as well as a keen business sense that promoted their studio output and limited production lines.

Perhaps unique to the Ackermans is their ability to move fluidly between abstract modernism and figurative stylization in their designs. This characteristic permeates all their work, but it is particularly apparent in their varied and prolific textile and ceramic production.

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(Technical issues resulted in search engine problems for almost two years' worth of my older posts, so I am reposting the ones I consider most informative. Though some of you have already viewed them, they will be new to others of you. Originally posted 10/10/2010)

Ceramic vessels by Jerome Ackerman, 1953-54
These pieces were used as props in a brochure
 for Paul McCobb's Directional furniture group.

Woman vase by Jerome Ackerman, 1953

Striped Candy Tree by Evelyn Ackerman, 1968

Cats mosaic table by Evelyn Ackerman, 1954

St. George and the Dragon, bas-relief wall panel by Evelyn Ackerman, 1959

Young Warrior mosaic by Evelyn Ackerman, 1954

Herringbone stoneware bowl by Jerome Ackerman, 2003

Female Figures vase by Jerome Ackerman, 1953

Update: Evelyn Ackerman died on November 28, 2012.

The jewelry of Line Vautrin (Repost)

An earlier post about French designer Line Vautrin focused on her mirrors, which she called her "witches." She was also known for jewelry, boxes, powder compacts and other objects.

She started making gilt bronze jewelry at age 15 and selling it door-to-door. Already quite savvy about business, she sent out her invoices under her father's letterhead, because she was too young to own a company.

Her work was bold and dramatic, and it was often inscribed with the words of her favorite poets, prompting Vogue magazine to call her "The Poetess of Metal."

She was a prolific artist, setting a goal for herself of one object each day.

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(Technical issues resulted in search engine problems for almost two years' worth of my older posts, so I am reposting the ones I consider most informative. Though some of you have already viewed them, they will be new to others of you. Originally posted 10/6/2013)

C'est la vie bracelet

Icare bracelet

Les arrondissements de Paris bracelet

Vertebres necklace

Le furet necklace

Petit poisson deviendra grand necklace
Les cœurs de Paris earrings

O comme oreilles earrings

Le Métro belt

Drapé powder compact

De la poudre powder compact

Le jour et la nuit powder compact

Drapé  frangé  cigarette box

La mer cigar box

In the 1973 photo below, Vautrin poses in front of one of  her folding screens. She is holding a Talosel sculpture with metal inlays. On her right is a Talosel egg inlayed with mirrors.