Born July 7~ Gertrud Natzler

Gertrud Amon Natzler (July 7, 1908-June 3, 1971) was an Austrian-American ceramicist whose collaboration with her husband Otto Natzler helped elevate ceramics to the status of fine art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrud_Natzler

Bell with clapper and ornament by Gertrud Natzler
1962–1965 / Ceramic / 12-1/2″x8″ / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

Gertrud Natzler on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gertrud-natzler/

Further reading:
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/gertrud-natzler-5898
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/natzler-gertrud-amon
https://www.johnmoran.com/2019/04/22/partners-in-pottery-the-life-and-work-of-otto-gertrud-natzler/

Born June 17~ Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu (June 17, 1922-March 9, 2011) was a Japanese-American ceramist and painter whose closed forms helped to elevate ceramics from functional to fine art.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiko_Takaezu

Untitled by Toshiko Takaezu
c.1990-1999 / Glazed stoneware / 14-1/2″x6-1/2″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Toshiko Takaezu on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/toshiko-takaezu/

Further reading:
https://www.groundsforsculpture.org/artists/toshiko-takaezu/
https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/object-package/toshiko-takaezu/29673
https://www.toshikotakaezufoundation.org/about-toshiko

Born May 25~ Vally Wieselthier

Valerie “Vally” Wieselthier (May 25, 1895-September 1, 1945) was an Austrian-American ceramic artist and designer.
Biography on [translated] Vienna History Wiki: https://tinyurl.com/4rrcpmv6

Yak by Vally Wieselthier
1921 / Red pottery, polychrome glaze / 20-1/10″x16-1/2″ / Private collection

Vally Wieselthier on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/vally-wieselthier/

Further reading:
https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/about/blog/curatorial-blog-5102019/
https://www.gseart.com/artist/vally-valerie-wieselthier/bio
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://www.revistaad.es/diseno/iconos/articulos/razones-para-descubrir-vally-wieselthier-mejor-ceramista-vienesa/29493

Born May 14~ Betty Woodman

Betty Woodman (May 14, 1930-January 2, 2018) was an American ceramic artist whose pieces ranged from massive site-specific murals to fragmentary columns and carpet-like floor pieces.
Biography on Woodman Family Foundation: https://www.woodmanfoundation.org/betty/biography

(Detail) Alessandro’s Rooms by Betty Woodman
2011 / Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, laquer, acrylic paint, canvas

102-1/2″x354-1/2″x15-3/4″ / Photos from Salon 94, New York, NY

Betty Woodman on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/betty-woodman/

Further reading:
https://hyperallergic.com/419859/betty-woodman-obituary/
https://www.wallpaper.com/art/betty-woodman-david-kordansky-gallery-los-angeles
http://artistproject.metmuseum.org/5/betty-woodman/

June 14, 1325~ Ibn Battuta leaves Tangier on a journey that will last 29 years

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca by Turkish Artist

 

Ibn Battuta started on his travels in 1325, when he was 20 years old. His main reason to travel was to go on a Hajj, or a Pilgrimage to Mecca, to fulfill the fifth pillar of Isla. But his traveling went on for around 29 years and he covered about 75,000 miles visiting the equivalent of 44 modern countries which were then mostly under the governments of Muslim leaders of the World of Islam, or “Dar al-Islam”. ~Office of Resources for International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley

17th century (Ottoman Empire) / Fritware with underglaze painting
/ 24 9/16”x14 1/8”x1 3/8” / The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

 

The three lines of Arabic writing in the upper part of this large, ceramic wall tile are from the third chapter of the Qur’an, and exhort the Muslim faithful to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The rest of the tile is given over to a bird’s-eye representation of the Great Mosque in Mecca, with the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest shrine, in the center. ~The Walters Art Museum

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