FROM Jerome Ackerman
The Ackermans: A Designing Couple 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. Selection of functional ceramic vessels, slip-cast earthenware, Jerome Ackerman, 1953-59. Image: Steve Oliver Young Warrior, glass-tile mosaic, Evelyn Ackerman, 1955. Image: Steve Oliver
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