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Otto Natzler, with Gertrud Natzler

Biography to Display: 

1908Born in Vienna, Austria

2007Died in Los Angeles, CA

 

Otto Natzler began his clay career building sculptures. After marrying Gertrud Amon in 1938 and immigrating to America he began to formulate the glazes used on the pots she threw. Otto and Gertrud were artistic collaborators for over 30 years.

They had a set division of labor in the studio. Otto glazed the pots his wife Gertrud created from earthenware clay. He was a true innovator and his glaze experiments over the years resulted in over 2,000 glazes in an endless range of colors and textures, from rough to slick. Gertrud left behind a number of unfinished pieces at the time of her death in 1971. Over the remaining years of his life Otto slowly glazed these pieces.  A year or so after Gertrud’s passing Otto turned to creating his own works, building his pieces using slab construction techniques.

See Gertrud Natzler for more information.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Form and Fire: Natzler Ceramics, 1939-1972. Washington: Published for the Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1973.

Gertrud and Otto Natzler, A Retrospective Exhibition (15th June - 14th August 1966).  Los Angeles, CALos Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966.

Kardon, Janet. Gertrud and Otto Natzler: Collaboration/Solitude. New York, NY: American Craft Museum, 1993.

Lynn, Martha Drexler. American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940-1979. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015. 

Natzler, Otto, Senta Raizen and Ian McKibbin White. The Ceramic Work of Gertrud and Otto NatzlerSan Francisco, CA: M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, 1971.

Natzler, Gertrud and Otto. Catalog of the Collection of Mrs. Leonard M. Sperry and a Monograph by Otto Natzler. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968. 

The Jewish Museum. Ceramics an Exhibit: Gertrud and Otto Natzler. New York, NY: The Jewish Museum, 1958.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

 

Typical Marks
Pre 1938
ca 1939
1982
1982
1982
1985
1985
Footed Vase
Date: 1982
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cube with Protruding Top
Date: 1984
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Cylindrical Stoneware Form
Date: 1985/6
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Trapezoidal Open Disk
Date: 1986
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Footed Vase
Date: 1997
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery
Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 86.11.2
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 86.11.2
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Red Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2012.6.1
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2012.6.1
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 7, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/natzler