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ca. 1978 Beatrice Wood Born: San Francisco, California 1893 Died: Ojai, California 1998 earthenware with lustres 7 in. (17.8 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Jane Warren Larson 1991.140 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


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Beatrice Wood began to incorporate relief images into her pottery as a result of her exposure to craft and folk art from India. She first traveled to India in 1962 and made two subsequent trips there in 1965 and 1972. She was drawn to the primitive and rough appearances of many of the pieces as well as their use of color, which comes through in her vibrant lusters. The seated figures on this vase look as though they could be praying and may reflect Wood’s interest in Hindu art.

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decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware