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, 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, Tall bottle | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Tall bottle
estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $4,375

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Fine tall vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Fine tall vase
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $6,250

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Rare bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Rare bowl
estimate: $1,350–1,750
result: $2,875

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Small low bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Small low bowl
estimate: $650–950
result: $2,625

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Small bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Small bowl
estimate: $900–1,200
result: $2,000

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Bowl
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,500

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Low flaring bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Low flaring bowl
estimate: $1,250–1,750
result: $2,625

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Bowl
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,000

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Large straight-walled bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Large straight-walled bowl
estimate: $750–1,000
result: $688

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Bowl
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,250

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Flaring bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Flaring bowl
estimate: $850–1,250
result: $2,625

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Thick-walled bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Thick-walled bowl
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,063

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Small teardrop vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Small teardrop vase
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Cylindrical vase | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Cylindrical vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,625

GERTRUD AND OTTO NATZLER, Cylindrical bowl | ragoarts.com

Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Cylindrical bowl
estimate: $850–1,250
result: $2,250