Look Alikes: The Decal Plates of Howard Kottler

September 4 – December 12, 2004

This display of ceramic plates adorned with familiar icons showcased the wit and irony of legendary Northwest ceramist Howard Kottler (1930 – 1989). The former University of Washington professor cut familiar images from commercial decals and rearranged and affixed them to mass-produced store-bought plates to create works of art that challenge conventional notions of gender, politics, and religion with wit and irony. Kottler’s rejection of the highly valued hand-made object resulted in an original body of work, a strong example of postmodern ceramics. This nationally touring exhibition is sponsored by Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust and includes a fully illustrated catalogue distributed nationally by University of Washington Press.