Howard Kottler


In the late 1960s and 1970s, Seattle-based ceramic artist Howard Kottler broke with tradition creating an experimental body of work that rejected the hand-made object in favor of a conceptual approach to his medium. Using store-bought white plates and ready-made ceramic decals, Kottler made elegant tableware featuring appropriated imagery skillfully collaged into social and political commentary.  The following six lots are exemplary of Kottler’s innovative use of materials as well as his visual and intellectual cunning.  

Howard Kottler

DECALOMANIAC - 1. one who suffers from and irresistible and insatiable craving to work with decals. 2. Howard Kottler. 3. a person who suffers from psuchoneurotic tendencies derived from excessive frustrations due to poor sales of decal plates. 4. to aid and abet such persons suffering from this disease, purchase Kottler ceramic decal plates. 

—Howard Kottler

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