Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to present an Artist Focus and offer select works for sale from private collections.  These collections offer an opportunity to acquire important works from surveys of studio sculpture and decorative art.

Luster Vessels, Sculptures & Drawings

Lava Glaze Bowl | Luster Plate | Luster Vessel

Drawings & Paintings

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Spanning the time period from the late 1950s to mid 1990s, this preliminary selection includes works by acclaimed artist Beatrice Wood, providing collectors and institutions the opportunity to add works with detailed provenance by the recognized masters of their mediums.

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Beatrice Wood (1893–1998) lived a long artistic life and is associated with the Avant Garde Dada movement. She began working in ceramics in the 1930s mastering and producing lusterware as well as narrative figures and wall tiles, loosely formed and humorous in subject matter.

While on a trip to Holland, Beatrice Wood purchased a set of dessert plates with a gorgeous luster and wanted to find a teapot to match. Unable to find one, she decided to simply maker her own and enrolled in a ceramics course. Despite discovering that making a teapot was not so easy, she was determined to develop her throwing skills while also studying glaze chemistry. Wood developed a signature style of glazing: an all-over, in-glaze luster that draws the metallic salts to the surface of the glaze by starving the kiln of oxygen.

“I never meant to become a potter,” Beatrice later offered. “It happened very accidentally… I could sell pottery because when I ran away from home I was without any money. And so I became a potter.”


Ceramics with Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Los Angeles, 1940
University of Southern California (with Glen Lukens), 1938
Hollywood High School, Adult Education Department, CA
Ceramics Class, 1933
Finch School, New York, 1911
Academie Julien, Paris, 1910

2016 EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes, Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
1999 Beatrice Wood, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Drawing for Life, Achim Moeller Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Beatrice Wood: A Centennial Tribute, (traveling) American Craft Museum, New York, NY, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL; The Butler Museum, Youngstown, OH
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Beatrice Wood: Aphrodisia, CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, CA
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA
1994 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Kansas City, MO
1992 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Kansas City, MO
1991 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Intimate Appeal, The Figurative Art of Beatrice Wood, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (traveling)
1989 Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1988 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA
1987 SPARC (Social and Public Arts Resource Center), Los Angeles, CA
1986 Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Hilberry Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
Beatrice Wood: A Legend, Fresno Art Center and Museum, Fresno, CA
1985 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA
1984 Beatrice Wood: Retrospective, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA
1983 Beatrice Wood Retrospective, (traveling), Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton and Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1982 Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Beatrice Wood: A Very Private View, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1978 Beatrice Wood: Ceramics and Drawings, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1973 Beatrice Wood: A Retrospective, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ (traveling)
1964 California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
1962 Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
1959 Ceramics: Beatrice Wood, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
1955 Ceramics by Beatrice Wood, American Gallery, Statler Center, Los Angeles, CA (traveling)
1951 B. Wood – Ceramics, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI
1949 Ceramics of Beatrice Wood, American House, New York, NY

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Cooper Hewitt Museum, NY
Detroit Institute for the Arts, Detroit, MI
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Arts and Design, NY
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

1994 Governor’s Awards for the Arts (California)
1993 Recognition as A Role Model by Women in Film
1992 Gold Medal for Highest Achievement in Craftsmanship, American Craft Council
1988 Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State University
1987 Fellow of American Craft Council Women’s Art Caucus, National Award NCECA Award
1986 Women’s Building Award
1984 Living Treasure of California
1983 Symposium Award of the Institute for Ceramic History
1961 Goodwill Ambassador from USA to India – exhibition and lecture tour

Collection Artists

CERAMICS Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Ralph Bacerra, Curtis Benzle, Fong Choo, Rick Dillingham, Ruth Duckworth, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Viola Frey, Wayne Higby, Margaret Israel, Jun Kaneko, Alan Lerner, Michael Lucero, Louis Marak, Graham Marks, Nancee Meeker, Ron Nagle, Richard Notkin, Elsa Rady, Don Reitz, Mary Roehm, Jerry Rothman, Adrian Saxe, Richard Shaw, Rudolph Staffel, Toshiko Takaezu, Peter Voulkos, Patti Warashina, Beatrice Wood, Betty Woodman, William Wyman