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Hot Dog

2000 Betty Spindler Born: Long Beach, California 1943 glazed clay 3 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (9.4 x 34.0 x 14.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Winfield Gallery 2000.79 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54A

Luce Center Label

Hot Dog, typical of Betty Spindler’s food imagery, is presented without ketchup because that is the way the artist likes her own prepared. Before Spindler begins to sculpt her objects she cuts out a paper model, which helps her to keep the right proportions while working in clay. The end product results from shaping slabs of clay around crushed newspaper that roughly suggest the form.


Object - foodstuff - sandwich

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay