RAM Remembers Betty Woodman

We announce, with sadness, the death of internationally respected ceramic sculptor Betty Woodman on January 2, at the age of 87. Woodman’s career developed during an era when it was challenging for ceramic artists and for women to have the same kinds of full careers their male colleagues in the sculpture field were able to attain. However, she managed to produce an impressive body of work in a career of remarkable achievements. She moved from her early work in functional ceramics to creating large-scale sculptural versions of the pitchers, vases, and ewers she saw historically produced by a number of civilizations. These works were joyfully decorated with lushly colored abstract glazes. As the scale of these works grew, Woodman began to create installations out of groupings of vessels or stacked arrangements of vase forms. She frequently painted backgrounds and alcoves for these installations. This work in painting also led her to create limited edition graphics and monoprints.

Woodman is represented in most major museum collections that cover the 20th century ceramics field. She was inducted into the American Craft Council’s College of Fellows in 1996 and was awarded the ACC’s Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship in 2014.  In 2006, she was the first living female artist to have a retrospective of her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. RAM is proud to own six examples of her work.
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