Beatrice Wood Signed Studio Pottery Blue Vase
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A rounded ceramic vase designed by American artist, actress and studio potter Beatrice Wood (1893-1998). The vase is glazed in pink and blue. Its smooth surface is consistent toward the mouth, and builds to a dripping texture near the base. Some areas of the piece are an orange luster glaze. Signed "BEATO" on the underside.
Beatrice Wood was born to a wealthy family in California in 1893. She and her family then moved to New York, where her mother and father planned for her to debut into elite society. Rather independent. Wood defied her family's wishes and pursued a life as a painter instead. As a young woman, she studied in Paris and was in community with Dada figures such as Marcel Duchamp.
Wood was an accomplished painter and actress before she became a potter by chance at age 40. It was her pottery which ultimately brought her widespread acclaim. Her work was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA and other major institutions. This later life success allowed her to live and teach on an expansive estate in Ojai, California. She traveled extensively, was a deeply romantic type and credited her longevity to "art books, chocolate, and young men." Wood maintained a consistent studio practice until she was 104 years old.
6” x 5.75” x 6”.
Wear to the underside. Other age appropriate wear.
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