San Francisco

Beatrice Wood

California Palace of the Legion of Honor

People sometimes look wistfully at pieces of ancient ceramics in museums, as if such beauty were a part of a lost and buried past. But Beatrice Wood is a modern ceramist who is creating objects which emanate the same grace. The colors, textures and forms of Beatrice Wood are both vivid and subtle. But more important, perhaps because of her training as an actress, Beatrice Wood is able to portray a sculptor’s range of dramatic presences, from tragedy to comedy. The decorative ability is extended into portrayals of humor, euphoria or contemplation. She constructs a vase of the purest esthetics and then carves around it a string of witty abstract clowns on a trapeze. Her colors are molded with light. Some pieces have dignity and graciousness, some are homely and fat and contented. Others are mellow, yielding, suave, or mobile and alive. They are both ornamental and entertaining. They fill an

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