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Old 11-21-2007, 04:00 PM
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George Ohr Rising, the Emergence of an American Master

George Ohr Rising: The Emergence of An American Master
December 8th, 2007 – February 23rd, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 8th, 6-9 pm

Ohr Rising: The Emergence of An American Master is an exhibition of 48 key works by the art potter, George E. Ohr (1857-1918), of Biloxi, Mississippi. George E. Ohr, a ceramic artist decades ahead of his time, became dissatisfied with the limits of round, wheel-thrown pots. He experimented with altering his wheel-thrown shapes by using the centrifugal force of his potter’s wheel to cause the pots to twist and buckle. Unappreciated during his lifetime, his unorthodox techniques and bombastic personality earned him the title, “The Mad Potter of Biloxi.”

This exhibition was organized by the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi

Other Mad Potters, a corollary exhibition, will show Ohr-like work from four contemporary potters, Steve Horn, Lisa Orr, Don Pilcher, and Mary Roehm.

Special Events:
Magnificent Mugs Benefit Sale, December 8th – February 23rd, 2008
A benefit sale of mugs, cups, and tea bowls to benefit AMOCA’s educational programs and the Ohr – O’Keefe Museum of Art’s re-building fund. Every mug will be sold at $20. Proceeds will be split 50/50.

January 12th, 5pm Guest Lecture with Steve Horn

January 20th, Demonstration Workshop with Steve Horn, $65
This workshop will demonstrate George Ohr style pottery construction and throwing techniques. Continental breakfast included.

Books and original ceramic artwork will be available for sale in our museum store.

American Museum of Ceramic Art
340 S. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766
Open: Wed.-Sat., 12-5 pm & 2nd Saturday of the month, 12-9 pm, or by appointment.
Admission: Adults $3; Seniors & Students $2, Members & Children 12 yrs. or under are free.
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Old 11-22-2007, 07:40 PM
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Re: George Ohr Rising, the Emergence of an American Master

George Ohr worked at Tulane University - Newcomb College's Art Department here in New Orleans before he moved to Biloxi, MS. He certainly was unorthodox, and I suspect his departure from Newcomb wasn't entirely regreted. (Of course, there was a well-developed and nationally respected ceramic tradition in place here, Newcomb Pottery, before Ohr joined the faculty, and people doubtless weren't ready for his wild creations.)

I was quite shocked when I first saw some of Ohr's pieces at the New Orleans Museum of Art a couple of decades ago. I'd never want to own one, regardless of price, but they certainly are striking, and they did begin a revolution of semi free-form work. The Biloxi museum has quite a bit of his work.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:43 PM
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Based on the few images of Mr. Ohr's work that I've seen, it seems that he did a good job of shaking things up, something that may be disconcerting, but that opens doors in people's minds.
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