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Howard Kottler papers, circa 1907-2006

Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989



Collection Information

Size: 11.3 linear feet

Summary: Biographical information; correspondence; writings; artist, institutional and teaching files; source material; photographs, sketches; printed material and audio visual material regarding Kottler's career as a ceramicist and educator.
The Howard Kottler papers measure 12.0 linear feet and date from circa 1925-2001. Included are biographical materials consisting of copies of Kottler's biography, curriculum vitae, a 1948 year book from Cleveland Heights High School, diplomas and awards, and a 1988 calendar with notations by Kottler; correspondence with friends, family, and associates, including Arna Goffe, Gwen-Li Goo, Lauren Grossman, Judith Schwartz, Patti Warashina aand others; writings including Kottler's doctoral dissertation, "An Exhibition of Pottery in Support of Three Processes in Ceramics"; artist, institutional, and teaching files consisting of the University of Washington, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and the Garth Clark Gallery as well as inventory lists, sales records, banking records, and correspondence relating to the establishment and business conduct of the Howard Kottler Charitable Trust; photographs, slides and negatives of Kottler and his work; audio visual material including 27 audio cassettes of interviews with Kottler, circa 1988-1989, by Patricia Failing who wrote the book "Howard Kottler: Face to Face", Univ. of Washington, 1995, 35 mm reel stills of Kottler's "American Gothic", 1/4 in. sound recording labeled Exp 1 first; and few unidentified beta, VHS and cassette tapes; and printed material consisting of comic books, newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements, catalogs, posters and craft periodicals featuring Kottler.

Biographical/Historical Note

Howard Kottler (1930-1989) was a ceramicist in Seattle, Wash. Kottler spent the majority of his career teaching at the University of Washington. His work was inspired by popular cultural themes such as cartoons and comic books, but speak widely to a range of art historical topics, as well as philosophical ideas about the self and the world.


Donated 2006 by Howard Kottler via Wendy S. Goffe, agent for the estate and in 2019 by Judith Schwartz, trustee of the Howard Kottler estate.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of Original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of audio visual recordings and born digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Howard Kottler papers, circa 1907-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.