Ohr, George Edgar
Mad Potter of Biloxicultivated an eccentric image and created eccentric and innovative ceramics, producing more than 10,000 pots during his career. Working on a wheel and then twisting, crumpling, squashing, and otherwise manipulating the clay he created thin-walled vases, pots, bowls, cups, pitchers, and other vessels in new, inventive, and often organic forms, frequently glazing them in a unique palette of vivid, sometimes splattered or mottled colors. Generally unappreciated during his life, Ohr's ceramics are now recognized as masterpieces and avidly collected. The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, contains an outstanding collection of his works.
See biographies by G. Clark et al. (1989), E. Hecht (2013), and J. Greenberg and S. Jordan (2013); studies by P. C. Black, ed. (1978), E. Hecht (1994), and E. J. Lippert (2013).
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