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Betty Spindler Works Biography


Contemporary California Ceramic Artist

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 says, “I find that people like to make up their own still lifes with my work, creating their own arrangements of fruits and vegetables on a platter or other artistic setting.” Her repertoire has expanded to include such subjects as platters of garnished crayfish and other feasts for the eye.

Betty Spindler – Curriculum


1990  University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, Ceramics

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


1990   Kersage College, University of California, Santa Cruz Calendar

1984   Artisan Scholarship Winner

1982   Sacramento State Capital Community College Art Show Participant


1998   The Ceramic Design Book, A Gallery of Contemporary Design Work, Frank Lark

1997   Ceramic Monthly, September


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

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

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

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

            Appetite for Art, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

            Feast on Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Sherry Frumkin, Santa Monica, CA

Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

1997   SOFA Exposition in Chicago with Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA

            Ceramic Still Life: The Common Object, CCAC, Oakland, CA

            Feast on Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

            A “Sense of Humor”, Millard Sheets Gallery, LA County Fair Complex, Pomona, CA

            Prelude to the Season, Sacramento, CA

            Introduction to a New Space, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA

            On the Small Side – On the Wild Side, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1996   An Appetite for Art – An Evening of Art, Sex, Food, Video, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

            Sculpture to Hold, Stewart Kummer Gallery, Gualala, CA

            Feast on Art, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

1995   Prelude to the Arts, Business Volunteers for the Arts, Sacramento, CA

Artful Urnz, Michael Himovitz Gallery

1994   New Installations, The Sacramento Capital Club, Wells Fargo Building, Sacramento, CA

            Introduction 1994, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA

            Directions of Clay, Davis Art Center

1992   Sylvia Winslow Gallery, 1992, Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, CA

1991   East Wall, 1991, Cerro Coso Community College

1990   Senior Review, University of California, Santa Cruz

1988-90         Student Shows, University of California, Santa Cruz

1988   Differences Art Show, 1988, Los Angeles Art Center

1980-87         Student Shows, Cerro Coso Community College

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