We’re expanding our Encyclopedia of Jewish Women and we need your help! Know an extraordinary Jewish woman whose story should be told? Nominate her to be included!
Close [x]

Show [+]


You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Gertrud Amon Natzler

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.

More on: Crafts, Holocaust
More on Gertrud Amon Natzler
Gertrude and Otto Natzler at Brandeis Camp circa 1956-1960
Full image
Gertrud Natzler with her husband, Otto, at Brandeis Camp Institute between 1956 and 1960.
Photographed by Lotte Nossaman, courtesy of the Natzler Family Trust.
Date of Birth
July 7, 1908
Place of Birth
Date of Death
June 3, 1971

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Gertrud Amon Natzler." (Viewed on March 19, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/natzler-gertrud>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

The JWA Podcast

listen now

Sign Up for JWA eNews


Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs