Betty Woodman is a leading American ceramist whose dazzling inventions with form and color have moved beyond the traditional domain of craft and consistently challenged the limits of the medium.
Since 1985, Woodman has collaborated with Master printer Bud Shark to produce monotypes, woodcuts and lithographs with the same inventiveness and exuberance of her ceramic work. Taking up the challenge to work in two dimensions, Woodman paints, cuts, and collages her prints to create glorious pots sitting in interiors, just as she forms, cuts and assembles her ceramic pots. Woodman's painterly prints make reference to the rich history of ceramics around the world, from the "Oribe Tray" monotypes, to "Etruscan Pot", and "Iznik" and the pots she refers to as Japanese ladies in the woodcut/lithograph, "Ladies on the Balcony".
Currently, Woodman lives in New York City and outside Florence, Italy. A retrospective of her work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 25 – July 30, 2006. The exhibit covered her over fifty-year career working with clay and her focus on the vase form. Her work has also been shown around the world in exhibitions in France, Italy, Holland and Japan. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and numerous others. For many years she taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was instrumental in the growth of its ceramics program one of the finest in the country. She is represented by the Max Protetch Gallery and Frank Lloyd Gallery.