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Kottler Posing As A Cubist

Kottler Posing As A Cubist


Howard Kottler

American, 1930-1989

An Offering: Vessels and Votives in Contemporary Ceramics

Shaping humble clay into transcendent forms fit for the divine is a tradition as old as ceramics themselves. Drawing inspiration from the ancient vernacular of forms and techniques, contemporary artists work with clay to create sculpture that, to our eyes, is both instinctively familiar and unexpectedly fresh.

Central to all of the ancient cultures represented in these galleries, altars and shrines find their contemporary reflection in Kottler Posing As A Cubist. Working in a medium considered more “craft” than “art” by many critics, Howard Kottler instead used clay to create a personal dedication to the master of Modern art, Pablo Picasso.
Low-fire ceramic with luster glaze
33 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (85.09 x 41.91 x 10.8 cm)
Gift of Anne Gould Hauberg
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Views and Visions In the Pacific Northwest, June 7-September 2, 1990.
Published ReferencesKangas, Matthew. "Face-Off: Howard Kottler and His Times," in Ceramics: Art and Perception. Issue 90, 2012, p. 33

Failing, Patricia. Howard Kottler: Face to Face. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1995, p. 111, illus.

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