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Ms. Beatrice Wood, American, (March 3, 1893–March 12, 1998)

Creation date: 1939
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Ceramic Plate
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1939.16
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 1 1/4 in. x 15 in. x 15 in. (3.18 cm x 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm)
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Beatrice Wood, Ojai, California (1939 - April 28, 1939)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 28, 1939 - )

Label Copy

February 2006
American Ceramics, 1884–1972
Beatrice Wood's earliest experiments in ceramics date to 1933, when she
took a pottery class offered by the Hollywood High School Adult Education
Department. In 1938, she enrolled in a course taught by Glen Lukens at the
University of Southern California. Wood later noted, “Though I was not his
most talented student, I was the hardest working.” She continued her studies
in 1940 with Gertrud and Otto Natzler, who had recently settled in Los Angeles
after emigrating from Austria. Gertrud instructed Wood how to throw a pot,
while Otto taught her the basics of glaze chemistry.
The center of this plate is dominated by a cubist-inspired still life that pays
homage to the compositions painted in Paris by Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso,
and Juan Gris in the years just prior to World War I. It was acquired for $10.00
from the “2nd California Ceramics Exhibition” held here from March 11 to April
16, 1939.
Last Updated: 3/2/2006


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

2nd California Ceramic Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 3/11/1939 - 4/16/1939

Beatrice Wood Ceramics—Reasonable and Unreasonable Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art , 3/22/1996 - 8/18/1996

American Ceramics San Diego Museum of Art , 2/25/2006 - 9/3/2006

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Phyllis Van Doren. San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles McKinnon Enterprises. San Diego, California, August, 2000
Page Number: 31-32

Mr. D. Scott Atkinson. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 196, Figure Number: 196

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