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Otto and Gertrud Natzler papers, circa 1914-2013

Natzler, Otto, 1908-2007



Collection Information

Size: 8.8 linear feet

Summary: The papers of ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler measure 8.8 linear feet and date from 1914-2013. Included are biographical material regarding emigration from Austria to the United States, personal and professional correspondence, exhibition files, financial information, works of art including watercolor sketches by Otto, a scrapbook titled Marguerita Mergentine, 1939-1940, and printed material documenting their careers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Otto (1908-2007) and Gertrud (1908-1971) Natzler were ceramicists in Los Angeles, California. The husband and wife ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler collaborated from 1933 until Gertrud's death in 1971. The couple met in 1933 in Vienna, Austria, where Gertrud became an adept potter. Otto quickly became fascinated with the science of glazes and would create thousands of glazes for Gertrud's pots. In 1938, the couple married and moved to Los Angeles that same year, soon after Austria was annexed by Germany. In 1973 Otto married photographer Gail Reynolds. In 1974, Otto started making slab-construction pots.


Donated 2017 by Gail Reynolds Natzler, Otto Natzler's third wife.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Otto and Gertrud Natzler papers, circa 1914-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.