Betty Spindler

Sculpture (11-works)

Betty  Spindler Single Ice Cream Cone
Single Ice Cream Cone
Ceramic
6.5 x 4 x 4 in
Betty  Spindler Blueberry Muffin
Blueberry Muffin
Ceramic
4 x 4.5 x 4.5 in
Betty  Spindler Blueberry Pie
Blueberry Pie
Ceramic
2.5 x 8 x 8 in
Betty  Spindler Candy Apple
Candy Apple
Ceramic
5 x 3 x 3 in
Betty  Spindler Fries
Fries, 2016
Ceramic
7 x 5 x 2.5 in
Betty  Spindler Frosty Cone
Frosty Cone, 2016
Ceramic
6.5 x 4 x 4 in
Betty  Spindler Jumbo Hot Dog
Jumbo Hot Dog
Ceramic
5 x 16 x 4 in
Betty  Spindler Regular Hot Dog
Regular Hot Dog, 2016
Ceramic
2.5 x 8.5 x 3.5 in
Betty  Spindler Single Slice Lemon Meringue
Single Slice Lemon Meringue
Ceramic
5 x 12 x 7 in
Betty  Spindler Three Poms on Black Plate
Three Poms on Black Plate
Ceramic
3.5 x 9 x 9 in
Betty  Spindler Movie Popcorn Giant
Movie Popcorn Giant
Ceramic
24 x 10 x 10 in
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Betty  Spindler

Betty Spindler

Betty Spindler Biography

(American, b. 1943)

California ceramic sculptor Betty Spindler specializes in recreating the fruits, vegetables and other familiar still life subjects commonly found around her kitchen. Whether presented as single objects or contained in bowls or platters, these joyful still lifes typically boast brilliant colors, highlighted by her use of glossy, clear glaze finishes. She produces the works in a range of sizes, from life-size to heroic. Their appeal is universal and her artwork is widely collected.

Working with special-mix clay, the artist hand-builds her pieces over newspaper armatures, pressing and smoothing the thick clay with her hands until she has achieved the desired shapes and textures. She then low-fires her bisque forms, and, following overglazing, returns them for a second firing to produce their high gloss finish. The spectacular brilliance of her colors comes from her blending of various hues, her use of complimentary colors within a piece, and her overglazing process which heightens the colors and creates their sensual sheen. All combined, the artworks virtually sing with color.

 

Betty Spindler Statement

I don’t try to interpret my work, and I don’t title it. When I look at art I never read the title. I like my art to communicate its own sense of self. When I show my work in places that house a lot of real accomplished artists, mine seem so simple. And yet, that’s exactly what I strive for, capturing the essence of what it is, without sacrificing the character that is my signature.

 

Betty Spindler Resumé

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Education

1990 University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, Ceramics

1966 AA Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA, Ceramics and oil painting

Awards

1990 Kersage College, University of California, Santa Cruz Calendar

1984 Artisan Scholarship Winner

1982 Sacramento State Capital Community College Art Show Participant

Bibliography

2001 Gamble, Harriet, Celebrating the Familiar: An Interview with Betty Spindler, Arts & Activities, May

2001 Lark, Frank, A Gallery of Contemporary Design Work, The Ceramic Design Book

1998 Crawford, Lisa, Betty Spindler’s Full Harvest, Ceramics Monthly, September

Shows

2000 Food Fare 2000, Planned Parenthood, Santa Monica, CA

1999 Pacific Craft Show, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

1999 Ceramic Still Life, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1998 SOFA Exposition in Chicago with Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

 

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