Betty Woodman: Thinking Out Loud
By Charles Woodman,1991.
$40, includes shipping and handling.
Charles Woodman Video, 304 Tennessee Ave. NE,
Washington, DC 20002. Tel. 202-543-7517.
At the end of this video, Betty Woodman recollects that her mother
once took one of her ceramics courses so that she could better
understand her daughter, whose passion for clay ran so deep. She
muses that a similar desire for understanding may be part of her son
Charles's motivation for producing this video. Whether or not this is
the case, it certainly is a good way for us to get to know her better.
Her boldly colored sculptural vessels have been part of our ceramic
scene for almost 30 years. Now, in this interview with critic John
Perrault, we learn of the influences and experiences that have led and
directed her over those years. The dialogue is often dubbed over
scenes of her working in the studio, along with shots of her finished
work from past years, so that we can see the concepts she describes
take shape before our eyes. All aspects of this video oare well
executed. This profile of a vigorous and talented artist would be
well suited for ceramists and serious students.
Reviewed by Richard Aerni. Studio Potter Network Newsletter,