Elizabeth Woodman (née Abrahams; May 14, 1930 – January 2, 2018) was an American ceramic artist. She began her career in the 1950s as a production potter, but her decision to become a potter dates back to her teenage years, when she took a class in high school and became “fascinated with the magic of ceramic glaze.” She attended the School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University, where she created a custard cup for an assignment for a production piece.
Her career moved from functional pottery to fresh and exuberant art culminating in a retrospective show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2006 and a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2016 with the very appropriate title Theatre of the Domestic.
She married the artist, George Woodman, in 1953. Together, they had two children: the electronic artist, Charles Woodman, and the photographer, Francesca Woodman. The story of these four artists was told in C. Scott Willis’s documentary, The Woodmans (2010).
Betty taught for thirty years at the University of Colorado sharing her energy for ceramics with her students.
She died in January 2018 of natural causes, less than a year after her husband’s death (the previous March).
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