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George E. Ohr


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Eugene Hecht, curator of this exhibition, is a noted author and lecturer on George Ohr and American art pottery. He is coauthor of The Mad Potter of Biloxi: The Art and Life of George E. Ohr as well as author of After the Fire-George Ohr: An American Genius. Garth Clark is a widely published critic and historian of ceramics and the founder of the Institute for Ceramic History. Denny Mecham is executive director of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. David Rago is an appraiser of pottery and porcelain on Antiques Roadshow and a leading dealer in the field of American Arts and Crafts.


"In 2010, ninety-two years after Ohr died underappreciated, Biloxi opened a museum to him, a $40 million cluster of silver pods overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, its architect the noted Frank Gehry. On display are a selection of Ohr's impossible pottery-as stout as amphorae yet as light as leaves. But to see a greater range of his widely scattered surviving work you need to look through one of the richly illustrated books about him. George Ohr: The Greatest Art Potter on Earth, by Eugene Hecht, is bursting with vases and pitchers and bowls as individual as rose blooms and as ripply as sea waves."
-Garden and Gun

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