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Beatrice Wood
Modern Ceramist
American, (1893–1998)
Beatrice Wood was born in 1893 to a wealthy San Francisco family, and lived in France as a child. She was in theatre before her return to the United States in 1914. She became interested in ceramics in 1933, and studied with Glen Lukens at the University of Southern California, and with Otto and Gertrude Nazler. She studied later with Otto and Viveka Heino in Los Angeles, as well. Beatrice Wood was mainly a conceptual artist, using elements from everyday life recontextualized. She was famous for her experimentation with glazes in the post 1950's. Wood lived to be 105, and associated with many of the avant-garde of New York and Los Angeles through her friendship with Marcel Duchamp during her lifetime.

In later years her unconventional forms became more and more complex, and her lusters softened into a more subtle richness.


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