“Women should design the things they use,” remarked Eva Zeisel, whose career designing ceramics stretched over eight decades. One of the 20th century’s most important industrial designers, she was the first female designer to be awarded a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. "New Shapes in Modern China Designed by Eva Zeisel" opened in the spring of 1946, immediately following an exhibition of work by Charles Eames. The show marked the debut of her “Museum” tableware (1942–46), a gracefully formed and unadorned service that is at once minimal and generous. This combination of elegance and warmth is strongest in Zeisel’s most beloved design, Town and Country Salt and Pepper Shakers (1945), which features anthropomorphic forms nestled together, resembling a mother and child in an embrace.