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Betty Davenport Ford

Biography to Display: 

1924 Born Upland, California

EDUCATION

1946BA Ceramic Sculpture, Scripps College, Claremont, California

1950MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Ceramic Sculptor

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Pasadena College, Pasadena, California

 

Betty Davenport Ford is known for sculptural work. Drawn to the animal form as a young artist, this fascination reoccurred in her work throughout her professional career. As her work developed she simplified the forms into abstractions to capture the essence of the animal she was depicting. Ford also cast her works in Bronze.

Ford’s husband, Harold, photographed each sculpture providing a valuable tool for the study of her work.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, (AMOCA), Pomona, California

Inland Empire Museum of Art, Upland, California

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

“Featured Artist.” American Artist Magazine. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 1958.

Ford, Harold H. The Sculpture of Betty Davenport Ford. Padua Press, 2005.

Lynn, Martha Drexler. American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015.

 

 

Typical Marks
1950-1960
1950-1960
2001
Bacchus
Date: 1949
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Sculpture
Date: 1950-1960
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Sculpture
Date: 2001
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified September 12, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/ford-0