The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius (2013)
This biography, a Sibert Honor recipient, introduces readers to a little known, but unforgettable artist.
George E. Ohr’s father was a blacksmith, but George, eccentric and free spirited, couldn’t agree with his father and didn’t want to work in the forge. Describing himself as a “rankey krankey solid individualist,” he eventually became a potter and began making both traditional items and colorful, twisty creations he called “mud babies.” Despite becoming famous locally for his personality, no one was interested in buying his artistic creations. He continued to make them claiming, “I am making pots for art sake,…when I’m gone my work will be prized, honored and cherished.” Years after his death, his pots were discovered by an antiques dealer. Now interested viewers may visit the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi to see the work of someone who may have been as great an artist as he claimed to be all along.
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