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Oral history interview with Otto Natzler, 1980 July 7-14

Natzler, Otto, 1908-2007



Collection Information

Size: 110 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 12 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 23 digital wav files. Duration is 10 hrs., 59 min.

Summary: An interview of Otto Natzler conducted 1980 July 7-14, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Natzler speaks of his childhood; his early interest in art, especially sculpture; his beginnings in the field of ceramics; his and his wife's immigration to the United States following the Nazi takeover in Austria; exhibitions of his work; the development of his career; his feelings about critics; and the treatment of ceramics as art by museums.

Biographical/Historical Note

Otto Natzler (1908-2007) was a ceramicist in Los Angeles, Calif.


These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3198 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Otto Natzler, 1980 July 7-14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.