Oral history interview with Otto Natzler
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Natzler, Otto
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-
1980 July 7-14
Physical Description:
110 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Otto Natzler conducted 1980 July 7-14, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
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
Biographical / Historical
Otto Natzler (1908-2007) was a ceramicist in Los Angeles, Calif.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3198 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

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

Digital Content

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Ceramicists -- California -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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