Artist of the moment……Ceramic artist George Ohr

George Ohr was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in the year 1857. Ohr is also referred to as the ” Mad Potter of Biloxi.” Ohr was a great self promoter and how about the pictures of the artist, which seem right off of a FACEBOOK homepage! Ohr had worked in many industries before finding his love of ceramics when he became an apprentice at 1879.

Ohr’s parents came to the United States from Germany. His mother ran a neighborhood grocery store. His father ran a blacksmith shop.

In 1894 a bad fire swept thru the town of Biloxi and destroyed many houses and the studio of George Ohr.

Though his work is now seen as acceptable and is in high demand now, at the time he was ridiculed for breaking the rules making precision pottery. Ohr boasted that no two works of his were alike.

Ohr was renowned for unique shapes and pinched edges. He was also outstanding at developing unique glazes for his ceramics which have been very hard for other artists to imitate.

In Biloxi, Mississippi a museum exists dedicated to his art and the art of Georgia O’Keefe.

George Ohr passed away in 1918 at the age of 60 years old from throat cancer.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

In this clip a brief biography with pictures of the artist and some works:

George Ohr. What a character! Perfect for the Youtube/ Etsy generation! Like Oprah says, OWN your success!


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