Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Clay

October 7, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles was fertile ground for some of the greatest achievements of the American Studio Ceramic Movement between the 1940s and the 1970s. In the auction on Sunday, October 9th, LAMA offers a number of examples by the leading practitioners of the movement whose work served as a catalyst in re-shaping attitudes toward clay. From Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner, to Stan Bitters and Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, provides his expert insight on the state of clay, while curator Jo Lauria contextualizes these masters works and their lasting influence. Read on!

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.