Otto (1908-2007) and Gertrud Amon Natzler ( 1908-1971) worked together, with Gertrud making the pottery and Otto the glazes. He feigned an interest in clay because he was smitten with Gertrud. They set up a studio together in Austria, and Otto set about learning to glaze the lyrical forms created by Gertrud, and discovering he liked the imperfections, blisters and pockmarks even more than traditional glaze. In 1938, the Nazi’s invaded Austria, and they married and fled to LA. The fact of Otto’s over 1,000 glazes and Gertrud’s 25,000 hand thrown pots surely qualifies them as a Dynamic Duo! The evocation of Pompeii, and volcanic red-orange in the glazes, fitting seamlessly to the pottery, is a brilliant tribute to the fire of creativity.
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