A Marriage of Craft and Design

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January 10, 2011

At the same time that Pierre Koenig and Joseph Eichler were bringing modernism to California's landscape, artists and designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman were filling their homes with thoughtfully design, affordable modern goods. A new exhibit opening at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles on January 23—titled A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman—celebrates the couple's 50-plus-year design partnership and the products they produced. Click through our slideshow for a peek at some of the duo's designs that will be on display.

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  Selection of functional ceramic vessels, slip-cast earthenware, Jerome Ackerman, 1953-59.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Selection of functional ceramic vessels, slip-cast earthenware, Jerome Ackerman, 1953-59.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  The designing couple: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 1948. Image: Milton Lipton
    The designing couple: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 1948. Image: Milton Lipton
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  Three Campesinas (triptych), hand-woven wool tapestry, Evelyn Ackerman, 1970-72.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Three Campesinas (triptych), hand-woven wool tapestry, Evelyn Ackerman, 1970-72.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  King and Queen Door Pulls, hand-cast brass with black mother-of-pearl inlay, Evelyn Ackerman, 1959.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    King and Queen Door Pulls, hand-cast brass with black mother-of-pearl inlay, Evelyn Ackerman, 1959.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  Striped Candy Tree, hand-woven wool tapestry weave, Evelyn Ackerman, 1968.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Striped Candy Tree, hand-woven wool tapestry weave, Evelyn Ackerman, 1968.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  Young Warrior, glass-tile mosaic, Evelyn Ackerman, 1955.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Young Warrior, glass-tile mosaic, Evelyn Ackerman, 1955.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  Table Top Candle Holder, porcelain enamel on steel, Jerome Ackerman, 1958.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Table Top Candle Holder, porcelain enamel on steel, Jerome Ackerman, 1958.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  Stained Glass, hand hooked wool, Evelyn Ackerman, 1969.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Stained Glass, hand hooked wool, Evelyn Ackerman, 1969.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  Cats, porcelain and glass-tile mosaic table, Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 1958.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Cats, porcelain and glass-tile mosaic table, Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 1958.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  St. George and the Dragon, stained walnut machine- and hand-carved bas relief, Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 1959.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    St. George and the Dragon, stained walnut machine- and hand-carved bas relief, Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 1959.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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  Horses’ Door Pulls, hand-cast brass with vermillion agate inlay, Evelyn Ackerman, 1959.  Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography
    Horses’ Door Pulls, hand-cast brass with vermillion agate inlay, Evelyn Ackerman, 1959.

    Courtesy of: Steven Oliver Photography

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