Wood had lifelong spiritual leanings that included her interest in Annie Besant and the Theosophical Society, Krishnamurti, Buddhism, and Hinduism. To make a long story short, Wood also studied ceramics with Glen Lukens and her mentors, Gertrud and Otto Natzler. She became alienated from them; however, when they rejected her over idea theft, glazes and forms. Later, in a lecture, according to the bio on her center site, she said, “Do be true to yourself, whether it’s bad doesn’t matter. The important thing – you have to copy while you’re studying. And culture is – each of us – is like one pearl added to another to make a chain. We each contribute to the other. And that’s all right. But once you’re on your own, do that which comes from within. And I feel this very strongly.”
In 1947, she moved to Ojai, where she remained till her death…. (Her neighbor was Krishnamurti.) While there, Wood cemented a relationship with Vivika and Otto Heino and taught at the Happy Valley School. During the Ojai years, Wood developed a style she called “sophisticated primitives” and the video shows her making a vessel in this style. As the years passed, she became more and more recognized for her work, exhibiting in Japan, touring India, gratis the State Department. She developed a strong affinity with India, its crafts and dress, along with its spirituality. Though she married twice, both marriages were unconsummated and she didn’t marry any of her other loves. The centenarian Woods remained true to herself throughout her life, no mean feat, as she cut across the grain of the mainstream culture, several continents, and ages.