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Gertrud Amon and Otto Natzler, American (born Austria), b. 20th century

Creation date: 1940
Creation place: United States

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Type: Ceramic Bowl
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1940.34.b
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 4 1/2 in. x 5 3/16 in. x 5 3/16 in. (11.43 cm x 13.18 cm x 13.18 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Otto Natzler, Los Angeles, California (1940 - April 29, 1940)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 29, 1940 - )

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February 2006
American Ceramics, 1884–1972
Otto and Gertrud Natzler met in 1933 and began a lifelong collaboration in ceramics.
From the beginning, Gertrud was responsible for throwing the pots, while Otto glazed them. In 1938, the political situation in their native Austria forced them to immigrate to the United States where they settled in Los Angeles. Two years later, the Fine Arts Gallery (SDMA's original name) became the first museum to give the Natzlers a solo exhibition. Additional shows of their work were held at the Museum in 1942 and 1947.
Simple, elegant forms with classical profiles characterize the Natzlers's vessels. Their pots are thin-walled and free of artificial ornament. Otto devised a variety of glazes that included matte and glossy finishes with textures that ranged from smooth to coarse, lava-like surfaces.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American Ceramics San Diego Museum of Art , 2/25/2006 - 9/3/2006

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


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