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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Otto (1908-2007) and Gertrud Natzler ( 1908-1971) were a married couple well known for their work with ceramics.  The Austrian-born couple came to the United States after the German annexation of their country, settling in Los Angeles.  Natzlers worked together until Gertrud’s death in 1971.

Gertrud made the vases and bowls, while Otto created the glazes and worked the kiln. Gertrud is known for her simple, elegant designs. Otto perfected over 2,000 glazes, which gave each piece a unique color and texture. Some were smooth, while others were pocked and cratered.

After Gertrud’s death, Otto continued to work with clay into the 1990s. He died at age 99. The Natzler’s pottery is highly collectible and quite valuable.


  1. You are just amazing to continuously post not only educational opportunities for us, but, for the gorgeous photos. This pottery is breath taking isn't it? BTW, has your samavar arrived?

  2. @Krazy4Mod: Believe me, I'm learning so much by doing this blog and having a great time doing it. I'm glad you're enjoying it too.

    I think the samovar is at UPS. I was away from the house yesterday, and they left a notice, so I'm heading there in a few minutes to pick it up.

    I had ordered the matching salt and pepper shakers from an etsy seller, and they arrived yesterday...broken. :(

  3. @Tanya: Don't they seem to glow from within? Otto Natzler worked magic with color and glaze.

  4. Amazing! I'd love to see these "in the flesh."