Wall Street Journal photo by David Chow.
The Wall Street Journal selected Jenev Bird Candleholders for inclusion in the December 2017 Off Duty Holiday Gift Guide which focused on one-of-a-kind, rare, or limited edition gifts. Jerry Ackerman hand-cast three pairs of candleholders from the original 1953 molds.
From the Wall Street Journal Collectible Candleholders, Reissued: “Birds lend themselves to design beautifully,” ceramicist Jerome Ackerman said of the lovebird candleholders he designed in 1953. He and Evelyn Ackerman (1924-2012), his partner in work and life, pioneered post-WWII California crafts with ceramics branded Jenev (an amalgam of their first names), which have become prized among collectors. Design Within Reach recently reissued six Jenev classics. But the indefatigable Mr. Ackerman himself, now 97, hand-cast these black satin-glazed porcelain candleholders in an extremely limited edition of only three pairs for the holidays. –David A. Keeps
For more than 50 years, Los Angeles based artist/designers Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman played a central role in the distinctive aesthetic of California mid-century modernism. Their designs are in many private and museum collections including the Smithsonian and LACMA.
Ackerman Modern announces a collaboration with Design Within Reach (DWR) to launch an exclusive collection of Jenev ceramics. Since 1998 Design Within Reach has been the leader in authentic modern design, making works from iconic designers accessible. The philosophy and mission of DWR are an ideal complement to the Ackerman’s authentic, iconic, modern designs.
On November 1, 2017, Design Within Reach is releasing six of Jerome Ackerman’s award-winning Jenev designs from 1953, meticulously producing them based on original molds and glaze combinations. The timeless collection includes six vessels—a long bowl, small bowl, covered jar, bottle with stopper, tall vase, and short vase.
For more than 50 years, artist/designers Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman played a central role in the distinctive aesthetic of California mid-century modernism. In 1952 the Detroit natives moved to California and set up Jenev Design Studio where Jerry spent the first year developing the shapes, molds, and glazes. The celebrated couple, like the Eames, strove to make beautiful objects that were accessible. “We worked really hard, but it was easy to because we were in love and we loved what we were doing,” Evelyn recalled. By the mid 1950s, the Ackermans expanded as Era Industries with mosaics, tapestries, woodcarvings, and hardware, creating a body of work remarkable for its diversity of styles, techniques, and materials. Their designs are in many private and museum collections including the Smithsonian and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Design Within Reach collaborates with Ackerman Modern on an exclusive Jenev Ceramics collection reissue. The pieces, designed by Jerry in 1953, were selected from the originals and made with molds precisely copied from the masters.
The Launch Pad 80-page journal features a 1970 tapestry design by Evelyn Ackerman that is featured in the exhibition “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985.” Los Angeles designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman founded the company ERA Industries, which integrated global craft with modern aesthetics to create richly textured handmade products. They set up workshops in traditional craft centers across several continents, including mosaic and textile ateliers in Mexico. Inspired by the first moonwalk, the vibrant Launch Pad was the largest weaving available from the line, reaching the physical limit of the looms.
Available from the LACMA bookstore and online.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art publishes a “Launch Pad” tapestry journal in conjunction with it’s “Found in Translation” exhibition.