The Ackermans: A Designing Couple

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Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman on opening night of A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 2011. Image: Noel Bass

There's perhaps no better topic for the day after Valentine's Day than the husband-and-wife design team Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman, who have turned their passion for design into a lifetime creative partnership. The mid-century designers are well-known for their iconic ceramics, tile mosaics, woodcarvings and textiles, many of which are on show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in an exhibition named A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Work of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman, 2011. Frances visits the 91- and 87-year-old designers at their Culver City home to hear about their lives as a designing couple.

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Selection of functional ceramic vessels, slip-cast earthenware, Jerome Ackerman, 1953-59. Image: Steve Oliver

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Young Warrior, glass-tile mosaic, Evelyn Ackerman, 1955. Image: Steve Oliver 

Credits

Guests:
Jerome Ackerman - Artist and designer, Evelyn Ackerman - Artist and designer

Host:
Frances Anderton