Betty Woodman

Betty Woodman has synthesized sculpture, painting, and ceramics into an innovative and extremely distinctive formal vocabulary that has established her as one of the most influential figures in postwar American art. She is a fascinating example of eclecticism with influences spanning Japanese prints, wallpaper, Persian vases, and Baroque architecture. Betty Woodman Ceramics are vibrantly colored ceramic pieces that embody her thoughts on gender, domesticity, and history. Her works ranged from large murals for specific sites to columns and floor pieces resembling carpets, often using an altered version of traditional ceramics. A clear reaction to the austere Minimalist and Conceptual aesthetic of the period can be found in the patterns and colors used by Woodman in her early works. With bulbous shapes and bright colors, the artist has incorporated Cubist perspectives into her art. As a result of her deep understanding of both ancient and modern artistic traditions, along with her unflinching pursuit of aesthetic pleasure established her as a key figure in contemporary conversations about domesticity, gender, and modernist art and architecture. 

The artist's work reflects continual experimentation with functionality, structure, and archetypes, driven by the medium's unpredictability. Woodman began developing playful installations incorporating ceramic wall configurations into the vessel form over time, incorporating elements of her predecessors throughout art history into her work, an amalgamation of ceramics and paintings. Despite being drawn to abstraction, she conveys an element of realism in her sculptures; a passion for functional ceramics is obvious throughout. By incorporating art and architecture into the table settings - cups, platters, vases, and tureens - she creates an artistic tableau. 

Betty Woodman’s innovative thinking and experimentation with lacquer paint on earthenware and terra sigilatta as well as ancient ceramic slip glaze have resulted in an innovative series of works. An illustration of this is Woodman's Deco Lake Shore, a large piece of ink, graphite, and terra sigillata drawing on handmade paper. As an independent work of art, it explores her painterly sensibilities and deco-like design despite its ceramic origins and its use of unusual media. In Woodman's artwork, there is a fusion of high arts and crafts, as well as a blending of painting and sculpture - sensuality and humor are evident throughout. Her drawings, sculptures, and prints are a rich and complex expression of the deconstruction and reconstruction of ceramic forms. With its focus on pleasure accessories and the pursuit of beauty, her imagery relates to the realities of life. You can browse and purchase a wide selection of artwork and ceramics by Betty Woodman on Bidsquare.

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  • Betty Woodman, Untitled (Vase)
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    $10,000 - $20,000

    Betty Woodman, Untitled (Vase)

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    $10,000 - $20,000
  • Betty Woodman, Untitled (Diptych)
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    $25,000 - $35,000

    Betty Woodman, Untitled (Diptych)

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    $25,000 - $35,000
  • Betty Woodman, Italian Basket, 1980
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    $6,000 - $9,000

    Betty Woodman, Italian Basket, 1980

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    $6,000 - $9,000
  • Betty Woodman, Italian Basket, 1979
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    $2,000 - $4,000

    Betty Woodman, Italian Basket, 1979

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Betty Woodman, Fast Food Server, 1981
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    $3,000 - $6,000

    Betty Woodman, Fast Food Server, 1981

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    $3,000 - $6,000
  • Betty Woodman, Perforated Basket, 1977
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    $2,000 - $4,000

    Betty Woodman, Perforated Basket, 1977

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Betty Woodman, Two Cups and Saucers, ca. 1979
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    $300 - $600

    Betty Woodman, Two Cups and Saucers, ca. 1979

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    $300 - $600
  • Betty Woodman, Two Cups and Saucers, ca. 1979
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    $400 - $600

    Betty Woodman, Two Cups and Saucers, ca. 1979

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    $400 - $600
  • Betty Woodman "Pompeian Garden" Woodcut
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    $800 - $1,600

    Betty Woodman "Pompeian Garden" Woodcut

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    $800 - $1,600
  • Betty Woodman, Pillow Pitcher
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    $15,000 - $20,000

    Betty Woodman, Pillow Pitcher

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    $15,000 - $20,000
  • Betty Woodman, Pansy Shelf Vase
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    $15,000 - $20,000

    Betty Woodman, Pansy Shelf Vase

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    $15,000 - $20,000
  • Betty Woodman, Strawberry Basket #3
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    $5,000 - $7,000

    Betty Woodman, Strawberry Basket #3

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    $5,000 - $7,000
  • Betty Woodman, Untitled (tray, three cups and saucers)
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    $5,000 - $7,000

    Betty Woodman, Untitled (tray, three cups and saucers)

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    $5,000 - $7,000
  • Betty Woodman (American, 1930 - 2018)
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    $3,000 - $5,000

    Betty Woodman (American, 1930 - 2018)

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)  - Providence, Rhode Island, 1976
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    EUR€6,000 - EUR€8,000 $6,451.61 - $8,602.15

    Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) - Providence, Rhode Islan...

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    EUR€6,000 - EUR€8,000 $6,451.61 - $8,602.15
  • Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)  - Providence, Rhode Island, 1976
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    EUR€6,000 - EUR€8,000 $6,451.61 - $8,602.15

    Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) - Providence, Rhode Islan...

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    EUR€6,000 - EUR€8,000 $6,451.61 - $8,602.15
  • Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)  - It must be time for lunch now, New York, 1979
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    EUR€4,000 - EUR€6,000 $4,301.08 - $6,451.61

    Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) - It must be time for lun...

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    EUR€4,000 - EUR€6,000 $4,301.08 - $6,451.61
  • Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)  - Self Portrait, talking to Vince, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978
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    EUR€4,000 - EUR€6,000 $4,301.08 - $6,451.61

    Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) - Self Portrait, talking ...

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    EUR€4,000 - EUR€6,000 $4,301.08 - $6,451.61
  • Eleven Betty Woodman Ceramic Cups
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    Eleven Betty Woodman Ceramic Cups

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Glazed ceramic basket
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    $3,000 - $4,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Glazed ceramic basket

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    $3,000 - $4,000
  • Eight Betty Woodman Ceramic Bowls
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    Eight Betty Woodman Ceramic Bowls

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Betty Woodman, Loving
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    $10,000 - $15,000

    Betty Woodman, Loving

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    $10,000 - $15,000
  • Betty Woodman Ceramic Teapot
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    $800 - $1,000

    Betty Woodman Ceramic Teapot

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    $800 - $1,000
  • Seven Betty Woodman Glazed Ceramic Trays
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    Seven Betty Woodman Glazed Ceramic Trays

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Betty Woodman (American, 1930-2018)
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    $1,000 - $1,500

    Betty Woodman (American, 1930-2018)

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Betty Woodman Bowl
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    $200 - $400

    Betty Woodman Bowl

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    $200 - $400
  • BETTY WOODMAN Rare basket
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    $1,500 - $2,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Rare basket

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    $1,500 - $2,000
  • Betty Woodman, charger
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    $1,500 - $2,500

    Betty Woodman, charger

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    $1,500 - $2,500
  • BETTY WOODMAN Early basket
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    $2,000 - $3,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Early basket

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • BETTY AND GEORGE WOODMAN Stoneware vase
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    $1,500 - $2,000

    BETTY AND GEORGE WOODMAN Stoneware vase

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    $1,500 - $2,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Early pillow vase
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    $3,500 - $5,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Early pillow vase

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    $3,500 - $5,000
  • Betty Abrahams Woodman
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    $8,000 - $12,000

    Betty Abrahams Woodman

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    $8,000 - $12,000
  • Betty Woodman, large slab built ceramic jardiniere
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    $1,000 - $1,500

    Betty Woodman, large slab built ceramic jardiniere

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • BETTY WOODMAN Vase with cut-outs
    Price$1,920

    BETTY WOODMAN Vase with cut-outs

  • BETTY WOODMAN Early pillow pitcher
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    $2,000 - $3,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Early pillow pitcher

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Two-handled vase
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    $2,250 - $2,750

    BETTY WOODMAN Two-handled vase

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    $2,250 - $2,750
  • BETTY WOODMAN Three early vessels
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    $900 - $1,400

    BETTY WOODMAN Three early vessels

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    $900 - $1,400
  • BETTY WOODMAN Three early works
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    $1,250 - $1,750

    BETTY WOODMAN Three early works

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    $1,250 - $1,750
  • BETTY WOODMAN; POLIA PILLIN Two works
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    $800 - $1,200

    BETTY WOODMAN; POLIA PILLIN Two works

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Large Betty Woodman Woodcut, Signed Edition
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    $3,000 - $4,000

    Large Betty Woodman Woodcut, Signed Edition

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    $3,000 - $4,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Exceptional large Pillow Pitcher
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    $12,500 - $17,500

    BETTY WOODMAN Exceptional large Pillow Pitcher

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    $12,500 - $17,500
  • Betty Woodman, Ribbon Vase, c. 1978
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    $1,000 - $1,500

    Betty Woodman, Ribbon Vase, c. 1978

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Betty Woodman (1930-2018) Tall Ceramic Vessel
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    Betty Woodman (1930-2018) Tall Ceramic Vessel

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Exceptional large sculpture
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    $10,000 - $15,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Exceptional large sculpture

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    $10,000 - $15,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Fine large vase with shadow
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    $15,000 - $20,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Fine large vase with shadow

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    $15,000 - $20,000
  • Betty Woodman, Balustrade Relief Vase #13
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    $10,000 - $15,000

    Betty Woodman, Balustrade Relief Vase #13

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    $10,000 - $15,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Punch bowl and 11 cups
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    $2,000 - $3,000

    BETTY WOODMAN Punch bowl and 11 cups

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • BETTY WOODMAN Teapot, teacups, bowls, plates
    Price$1,280

    BETTY WOODMAN Teapot, teacups, bowls, plates