Best known for her contributions to mid-century American modernist ceramics, Eva Zeisel was a prolific designer who worked in a variety of materials, preferring organic, fluid forms to severe geometries. Over the course of her 86-year career, an international roster of manufacturers commissioned her to create tableware, cutlery, furniture, and more. She started her career in ceramics in her native Hungary in 1925, taught ceramics as industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn after emigrating to the US in 1937, and continued to “design useful things” right up to the time of her death at age 105 in 2011. Cooper Hewitt’s range of works along with examples of her preparatory drawings and prototypes offer a window into Zeisel’s creative process.