Beatrice Wood 1985

The "Mama of Dada"


I had known of Beatrice Wood's work for years, and being an admirer, I decided to take the time to drive to her studio over a July 4th weekend. I left San Francisco in the morning and arrived in Ojai just after noon. I hadn't called but just thought if I show up at least I might meet her, even if she wouldn't allow me to make photographs. When I knocked on the door "Beato" answered and even though I told her I could come back and had planned to stay in Los Angeles for the weekend, she said that since I was there, why not make the photographs then. I spent three hours wandering through her home and studio, and "Beato" even threw a large bowl for me to photograph. At one point she led me to a small room that had a Macintosh computer set-up on a table, and I was stunned. They were new, I had never seen one before, and when I asked what "a potter" was doing with a computer, she took great enjoyment in showing me the beginnings of her autobiography "I Shock Myself". In the years after this meeting I received notes occaisionally to let me know of a gallery or magazine that would be showing her work, with the contact information. This image was published on the cover of the Oakland Art Museum magazine in an issue devoted to a retrospective exhibition of art and ceramics by Beatrice Wood in 1989. Beato was an amazing, generous and wonderful individual.



  • Salvatore Piermarini 6y

  • Pocahaunted 5y

    i am such a HUGE fan of hers!
  • Dan Uneken 4y

    Fabulous photo!
  • Carrie Olshan 4y

    this is an amazingly beautiful photo. i am hoping to get to ojai very soon, thanks for sharing this image.
  • Robin Schmidt 3y

    I love this!
  • Karen Kahle 3y

    i met her at her 100th birthday celebration (could that be right? or was it 90th? this was in 1992 or 3...) when i lived in ojai. it was held in santa barbara at an art museum as i remember. she looked just the same as in this photo!
  • Cuqui Ros 2y

    amazing portrait !
  • Kurt Sadjina 2y

    What a wonderful shot! Masterly taken!
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