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Gold Lustre Teapot

1988 Beatrice Wood Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998 earthenware with lustres 14 x 11 1/2 in. (35.5 x 29.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1989.26A-B Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 207


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Beatrice Wood's interest in ceramics and luster glazes began in 1933 when she could not find a teapot to match a set of antique luster plates she had bought, and so she decided to make her own. In the 1950s the emergence of abstract expressionism led Wood to coat the entire body of her ceramic works with shimmering lusters. This style became her trademark and was used throughout her long career. The large round body and oversized handle of this teapot balance precariously on the small foot.

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decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic

About Beatrice Wood

Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998

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