Gertrud and Otto Natzler

Perfect Forms


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.


This work is featured in The Ceramic Work of Gertrud and Otto Natzler exhibition catalog on page 37.

We believe in evolution, in an aesthetic expression of our thoughts in an expressive medium. We believe in using our fantasy, inspiration, emotions and dreams, but also in restraint when translating them into our work. The really perfect pot has not yet been made and probably never will be. Yet we reach for perfection, and, if we are fortunate, the next pot we make may come closer to our visions. If it does, we shall be grateful. Which somehow sums up our credo.

—Otto Natzler

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