Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

May 11, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.

Read more about Glen Lukens in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Design for Loving: Gertrud and Otto Natzler, the Clay-Mates

February 13, 2016

Lot 298, Gertrud & Otto Natzler (1955)

On Valentine’s Day, thoughts turn to romance. At LAMA, it strikes us how often the bonds of affection—most prominently among husband-and-wife teams—have shaped the best in modern art and design, and no couple worked so seamlessly and with such symmetry as the groundbreaking ceramicists Gertrud and Otto Natzler. On February 21, twelve lots of Natzler pottery go to auction in LAMA’s Modern Art & Design Auction.