Friday, September 5, 2008


I want to introduce you to my favorite potter. He was born next door in Biloxi MS. I loved his work so much when I first saw it because it is so different. He is the reason I took up pottery. They say he use to ride down main street in Biloxi in his Pajamas with that handlebar moustache just a flying. LOL...I bet he was a sight to see.

The following information is from wiki:

While Ohr had a healthy self-image, during his lifetime many others in the art world did not accept him or his pots, and considered him a boasting eccentric. In the early 1900s, the Arts and Crafts Movement and its leaders (such as William Morris) advocated that an artist should display control and perfection in all art forms. Ohr displayed little obvious perfectionism in his art or control in his person, antagonizing art leaders nationally and political leaders at home. Ohr's work is now seen as ground-breaking and a harbinger of the abstract sculpture and pottery that developed in the mid-20th century. Ohr's pieces are now relatively rare and highly coveted.

A notable feature of Ohr pottery is that many items have thin walls, metallic glazes, and twisted, pinched shapes. To this day potters marvel at Ohr porcelain-thin walls and unusual glazes. No one has been able to replicate them using a pottery wheel, which is how Or made his works. Or dug much of his clay locally in southern Mississippi from the Tchoutacabouffa River. Tchoutacabouffa is the Biloxi tribe's word for "broken pot.


Carla said...

how cool! and informative!

PGL said...

Sounds like an interesting character, lol . He must of been ahead of his time.

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

Wow, I don't know what I like best, his wild pots, or his wild moustache. I think I remember seeing some of his work on Antiques Roadshow.

DP Nguyen said...

What a weird and yet very cool pots. And he looks like quite a character. I would have loved to meet him in his day.

tina said...

Pretty neat! Love the pottery.

Skeeter said...

Cool works of art!
Interesting man too. I have been known to run around my yard in my jammies but not down the street... tee hee...

Me said...

I really like the third one all collapsed in on itself.

cinnamongirl93 said...

He sounds a little bizarre and a bit flakey. Just the person to blaze a new trail.

Gail said...

What a character. Those Arts and Crafts Movement leaders always struck me as too controlling! He must have pushed a lot of buttons and upset many people!


Susie said...

That is some interesting looking pottery and an unusual looking artist.

I think that is great you enjoy pottery. I've always thought that would be a neat hobby/craft to do. I would like to see a post of yours showing off your artistic endeavors.

Lib said...

Wow, I Love his work!
Hope you have a Great wk.end!

JunieRose2005 said...


He sure sounds like a very interesting character! :)

I enjoyed reading this!


Cosmo said...

These pots are fabulous, Eve. I collect pots, too, but I don't have any like these--they're wonderful.

By the way, I'm so glad Gustav didn't cause you major problems. We had Hanna today, but she was a gentle visitor here--just much needed rain. I'm hoping that Ike avoids us all . . .

Sarah said...

What unusual and beautiful pottery. Thanks for sharing it. It's interesting how modern the pottery looks and how old fashioned the potter was. I can see how this work would inspire you.

Rose said...

Interesting pots--I like his mix of colors. I've always been fascinated by a potter's wheel and how an artist can transform something beautiful out of that lump of clay. What kind of pottery do you do?

Eve said...

rose, I do handbuilt pottery. Here is a sample. I don't have many pics of my pottery online.

My pottery

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