The Mad Potter

The Mad Potter

George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

Book - 2013
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When George Ohr's trove of pottery was discovered in 1967, years after his death, his true genius was discovered with it. The world could finally see how unique this artist really was!

Born in 1856 in Biloxi, Mississippi, George grew up to the sounds of the civil war and political unrest. When he was 22, his boyhood friend introduced him to the pottery wheel. The lost young man suddenly found his calling.

"When I found the potter's wheel I felt it all over like a duck in water."

He started creating strangely crafted pots and vases, expressing his creativity and personality through the ceramic sculptures. Eventually he had thousands at his fingertips. He took them to fairs and art shows, but nobody was buying these odd figures from this bizarre man. Eventually he retired, but not without hiding hundreds of his ceramics.

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, authors of the award winning Ballet for Martha , approach this colorful biography with a gentle and curious hand.

Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781596438101
Branch Call Number: J 921 OH
Characteristics: 53 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Jordan, Sandra (Sandra Jane Fairfax)


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Feb 20, 2015

As a potter interested in the history of American pottery, I found this book to be excellent. Loaded with photos of George Ohr, his pottery and his world it gave me an idea of just how far ahead of his times he was. I highly recommend it.

George Ohr thought he was the greatest art potter on the earth, but nobody agreed with him until 50 years after his death.

LMcShaneCLE Feb 03, 2014

A great book to share with a kid who may feel out-of-sync with his/her own peers - I found myself sad to know I could not meet the self-procalimed greatest Pot-Ohr in the world.


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Feb 20, 2015

Other: Five Stars! *****


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