Hand-In-HandCeramics, Mosaics, Tapestries, and Woodcarvings by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman
By Dan Chavkin and Lisa Thackaberry
240 Pages / 232 Photographs
Hand-In-Hand: Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries, Woodcarvings by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman is the first monograph of the artists whose oeuvre was critically influential and is now seen as the epitome of California mid-century modernism. With a preface by Jonathan Adler, the book tracks the couple’s careers in the decorative arts from their beginnings to the creation of Jenev Design Studio and its eventual shift to ERA Industries, as well as their involvement in every prestigious California Design exhibition from 1954 to 1976. Additionally, after almost 30 years of work they continued to create and develop their styles. The Ackermans became known for their uses of a wide spectrum of mediums including weaving, ceramics, wood carvings, and mosaics. The Ackermans’ individualistic and innovative techniques also ensured that great design be both accessible and affordable. Featuring many never-before-seen preparatory drawings and color guides, this book tells the heartening story of a successful collaboration and celebrated partnership, in not only design, but in life.
About the Author
Dan Chavkin began his photographic career upon graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1992. After many years as a portrait photographer shooting for many top magazines, Dan shifted his focus to mid-century modern architecture. An aficionado of all things modernist, Dan collects mid-century modern furniture and graphic design ephemera, rare photography books, and Scandinavian ceramics.
Lisa Thackaberry is a free-lance photography and visual image editor based in Los Angeles, California. Following her studies in art history at UCLA and Sotheby’s in London, she began a career as a photography editor for many magazines including the Los Angeles Magazine, Home, and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. Reflecting her personal interest in historical Los Angeles , she has curated several shows on the subject, her favorite being More Local News exhibited at the Los Angeles Central Library. Lisa is an adjunct teacher at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.