I’d never heard of Beatrice Wood until earlier today when I saw her her photograph linked by Lisa Clark (one of our Bea contributors). Obviously her name – Bea – jumped out at me as did the photograph and the caption: Beatrice Wood, age 105, When asked the secret of her longevity, she would simply offer “art books, chocolates and young men.”
Obviously this was a woman I needed to know more about. And I think you do too.
Born in 1893 in San Francisco, Beatrice was an artist, an ingénue, a ceramicist, a teacher, a writer (her first book was published in her late eighties). She was the inspiration for the character of Rose in the movie Titanic.
Beatrice Wood passed away in 1998, at the age of 105, “with the last 25 years of her life her most productive, creating work to satisfy a growing market for her ceramics, writing books and visiting with the hundreds of people who showed up on her doorstep.”
Read more about Beatrice Wood – and the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California – here.