Gertrud AmonNatzler

Ceramicist Gertrud Amon Natzler and her husband Otto created thousands of stunning ceramics together, an exquisite collaboration that continued even after her death. Natzler was working as a secretary and taking courses in drawing and painting on the side when she met Otto Natzler. The couple began studying ceramics together in 1934 and a year later, opened their own studio. They divided the work: Gertrud shaped pieces that were praised by the best artists in the field for their delicacy and composition, while Otto engineered glazes that would make her work even more stunning. Their combined talents created pieces ranging from pots that seemed to be made out of pitted limestone to bowls thin and translucent enough to look like glass. In 1938, they learned they had won a silver medal at the World Exhibition in Paris on the same day the Nazis invaded Austria. The couple married and fled to California, where they set up a new studio. After Gertrude died, Otto abandoned his work for a year out of grief, then began glazing the hundreds of pieces Gertrude had created before her death. Their nearly 25,000 pieces now reside in seventy museums and countless private collections worldwide.

Topics: Crafts, Holocaust

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Gertrud Natzler with her husband, Otto, at Brandeis Camp Institute between 1956 and 1960.
Photographed by Lotte Nossaman, courtesy of the Natzler Family Trust.
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