Beatrice Wood is my kindred spirit.
She was born into a family of privilege. I was privileged to be born into a family that valued self expression, compassion, laughter and love.
She began her pottery career in her forties. So did I.
At the age of 90 she became a writer. More encouragement for me that today is never too late to start.
Her autobiography (which she wrote on a Macintosh in her 90s) is called “I Shock Myself.” I shock myself. Pretty often.
She never met me. I never met her.
She was the inspiration for the character, Rose, in Titanic. Remember the early scene, when Older Rose was at the potter’s wheel? In my mind’s eye, that was me. I hadn’t responded to the call of clay yet, and I didn’t know then, that ‘Beato’ was the inspiration behind Rose. But with all of the romance, drama and rich imagery in that movie, that scene is one that ALWAYS resonated with me. “I want to be doing THAT when I’m an Older Me.” Serendipity.
When asked to share the secret to her vibrant longevity, she said “I owe it all to chocolate and young men.” She died in 1998 at the age of 105. I have my work cut out for me. Don’t like chocolate, or younger men. Will chocolate men do? Time will tell.
She was an amazing woman and a bold artist of life, clay and love.
My kindred spirit is telling me to live boldly and clear my own path.
Thanks, Beato. I’m listening.
Many thanks to Jim Hair for his permission to use the most mesmerizing photograph of Beatrice Wood I've ever seen.