Friday, May 27, 2016
THE POTTERY OF BEATRICE WOOD: SOUTHERN CAL ECCENTRIC EXTRAORDINAIRE
This week's arts and culture piece is on Beatrice Wood, a master potter who lived to 105 and a true Southern California eccentric.
The piece begins like this:
Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was a Southern California-based artist and studio potter. As a young woman, she broke with her wealthy San Francisco family to live as a bohemian in Paris, becoming close friends with Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and others in the avant-garde Dada movement. She took her first ceramics class at Hollywood High.
In 1947, she moved to Ojai where she largely lived and worked for the next 50 years.
Wood’s autobiography, published when she was 82, features a front-cover photo of the author as a smoky-eyed seductress of 16. “I Shock Myself” the book is called. I was shocked, too — mainly to discover another woman whose romantic debacles rivaled even mine.
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.