Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Gertrud and Otto Natzler’s graceful forms with exquisite glazes stand among the most admired ceramic works of the 20th century. Gertrud skillfully threw the clay, shaping organically inspired vessels with thin walls while Otto performed feats of alchemy exploring various firing techniques and glaze recipes to develop signature finishes. Throughout their prolific career, spanning close to forty years, the vibrant duo strove for perfection.

Gertrud and Otto met in Vienna in 1933 when they were both twenty-five. Otto was working as a textile designer and Gertrud was a secretary, though Otto had originally been committed to being a violinist and Gertrud had attended art school. Both were interested in ceramics and the two studied in the workshop of Franz Iskra in Vienna before opening their own workshop in 1935. Their work received early recognition and they were rewarded the Silver Medal at the World Exposition Paris in 1937. They married in 1938 and fled Austria for Los Angeles, where they continued their robust creative partnership and taught for nearly forty years.

Gertrud passed away in 1971 and Otto returned to creating work in 1973, continuing until his death in 2007. Their bold artistic legacy lives on in such prestigious collections as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

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Auction Results Gertrud and Otto Natzler

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, large bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

large bowl

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $5,000
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

bowl

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $3,500
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, tapered pillow vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

tapered pillow vase

estimate: $250–350
result: $438
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, collection of three vessels | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

collection of three vessels

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,470
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, bowls, set of two | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

bowls, set of two

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,000
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

bowl

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,500
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

bowl

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,875
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

vase

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,500
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

bowl

estimate: $700–900
result: $650
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

vase

estimate: $4,500–6,500
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Corseted Vessel | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Corseted Vessel

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $2,875
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Bowl

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,750
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Large low bowl, exceptional deep brown and pale gray glaze | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Large low bowl, exceptional deep brown and pale gray glaze

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,750
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Large teardrop bottle | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Large teardrop bottle

estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $8,125
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Rare miniature vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Rare miniature vase

estimate: $1,250–1,750
result: $1,375
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Rare miniature vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Rare miniature vase

estimate: $1,750–2,250
result: $1,875
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Rare miniature vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Rare miniature vase

estimate: $600–900
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Small teardrop bottle, fine oxblood and Chinese blue glaze | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Small teardrop bottle, fine oxblood and Chinese blue glaze

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,750
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Small bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Small bowl

estimate: $1,250–1,750
result: $2,875
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Folded vessel | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Folded vessel

estimate: $900–1,200
result: $938
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Bowl

estimate: $1,000–1,500
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Bowl

estimate: $1,250–1,750
result: $1,375
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Low bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Low bowl

estimate: $750–1,000
result: $1,500
GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Folded bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Folded bowl

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875