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Waiting for Master

1986 Howard Kottler Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1930 Died: Seattle, Washington 1989 earthenware, paint, simulated gold leaf, and applied decals overall: 37 3/4 x 16 x 26 in. (95.9 x 40.6 x 66.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust 1991.194.1A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

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The cartoonish dog of Waiting for Master is covered in a decal made to look like gold leaf. The piece disassembles to reveal the master’s hand, with the phrase “Waiting For Master Is Waiting for Life” written below it. Under the hand sits a small version of the dog on a pedestal looking at a building. Howard Kottler used this piece to convey his feelings that “we’re all in attendance on someone . . . Our pets control us, just as we control them.” (Patricia Failing, Howard Kottler: Face to Face, 1995)


Animal - dog

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware