Posts Tagged ‘glazes’

Artist of the moment……Beatrice Wood

 

Beatrice Wood was an American artist who worked in several mediums her favorite being ceramics. Beatrice Wood was born in San Francisco, California to a wealthy family in the year 1893. She was fluent in French and decided to move to Paris to study. Wood attended the Academie Julian located in Paris and also took acting classes.

Along with Marcel Duchamp she started a magazine called the Blind Man. The magazine covered the Dada Art movement.

Woods story of how she got to be an artist is unique in that she was visiting Europe and bought some plates with a terrific luster. She couldn’t find a matching teapot to go with her new dinnerware in Los Angeles (her home at the time) so she tried to make one herself and she found her favorite medium.

Wood is also comparable to Grandma Moses in that Moses became a true artist after 70. Beatrice Wood became a published author at the young age of ninety years old! She credited chocolate and young men for giving her writing talents.

Its great to see someone achieve success on a commercial level at an advanced age. Makes me have a different thought about the magazines who feature the Best of Artists 65 and Older. They may still have another 3 to 4 decades of growth.

In this clip from a movie about Beatrice Wood, we listen to interviews of people who were friends and family members and also view footage of Wood:

Beatrice Wood is probably the oldest artist ever profiled here! Wood passed away in 1998 at the age of 105 years old!

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $200,000.

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Artist of the moment……Ceramic artist George Ohr

George Ohr was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in the year 1857. Ohr is also referred to as the ” Mad Potter of Biloxi.” Ohr was a great self promoter and how about the pictures of the artist, which seem right off of a FACEBOOK homepage! Ohr had worked in many industries before finding his love of ceramics when he became an apprentice at 1879.

Ohr’s parents came to the United States from Germany. His mother ran a neighborhood grocery store. His father ran a blacksmith shop.

In 1894 a bad fire swept thru the town of Biloxi and destroyed many houses and the studio of George Ohr.

Though his work is now seen as acceptable and is in high demand now, at the time he was ridiculed for breaking the rules making precision pottery. Ohr boasted that no two works of his were alike.

Ohr was renowned for unique shapes and pinched edges. He was also outstanding at developing unique glazes for his ceramics which have been very hard for other artists to imitate.

In Biloxi, Mississippi a museum exists dedicated to his art and the art of Georgia O’Keefe.

George Ohr passed away in 1918 at the age of 60 years old from throat cancer.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

In this clip a brief biography with pictures of the artist and some works:

George Ohr. What a character! Perfect for the Youtube/ Etsy generation! Like Oprah says, OWN your success!

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