Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Luster Workshop with Allison Newsome


Thursday, April 21, 2016 (All day) to Friday, April 22, 2016 (All day)


Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, California

Presented by:  Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Workshop Description
Ceramics Program instructor Allison Newsome invites you to travel to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts where she will lead an exclusive two-day luster workshop for friends of Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard and the greater Harvard community. Many of Beatrice Wood's famous, highly coveted luster recipes and firing techniques for those glazes will be explored during the two day workshop. Students are invited to bring bisque work with them to immediately start firing and will be able to work in the studio on-site.

During the workshop, participants will spend time immersed in the Ojai experience - the world that Beatrice loved and was inspired by. Food will also be featured as Beatrice was known for her five course lunches and the group will follow the same tradition lunching in the patio gardens with views of the Ojai Valley. Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts will be a guide to Beatrice Wood's art and life in this beautiful setting.

Students can extend their stay through the April 23rd and 24th as they will be automatically enrolled in Allison Newsome's class Beatrice Wood: The Art of the Timeless.

Workshop Cost:  $200.00 for the workshop including all materials, firings and food. For workshop registration, please contact:  The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Tel: 805-646-3381 or email

For questions about the content of the trip and workshop, contact Instructor Allison Newsome at

Instructor Biography
MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, MA. Newsome is a well-known local artist, educator, curator.  Educator and artist in residence at Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai California. Through her work Allison explores fundamental, utilitarian methods implemented on our land and water. To see more of her work, visit her website at

About Beatrice Wood:
Beatrice Wood was an important contemporary artist, craftperson and writer. Her life ran the course of the 20th century and included many of the figures that shaped it. Ultimately, her genius was in the marriage of wide-ranging influences in her work. The spirit of Dadaism, impact of Modernism, embrace of Eastern philosophy, influence of folk art and even the ornament of ethnic jewelry were all combined in her ceramics. Her work reveals a mastery of form, combined with a preference for the naïveté of folk art. Ultimately, it is impossible to separate her life experiences from the work she created, as she truly mastered the art of a life.