"rebellious, radical and romantic, Beatrice Wood was determined to be an artist. She fled to Paris for several bohemian seasons as a painter and actress, then returned to New York, where she fell into the loving clutches of two Frenchmen: Henri-Pierre Roche´, the author of Jules and Jim, and Marcel Duchamp, the iconoclastic Dadaist. .. in 1933, at the age of forty, she discovered the passion that would change her life: pottery."
On returning to the "Beatrice Wood Centre for the Arts" website for the first time in 10 years, I discovered Angela de Mott who was awarded a residency in Beatrice Wood's studio in 2007. The beautifully graceful forms of her hand built pots grabbed my attention, along with the incredible lustre glazes and results of raku firing. A future trip to Ohio is definitely in my mind!
In her own words, "I combine elements of both Raku and luster firing to achieve a more organic and earthy quality to the surface. It speaks to me of the marvelous nature of the elements". (http://www.angelademott.com/luster.htm)