S+ Stimulant: George Edgar Ohr
* George Edgar Ohr (July 12, 1857 – April 7, 1918) was an American ceramic artist and the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter of Biloxi.” In recognition of his innovative experimentation with modern clay forms from 1880–1910, some consider him the father of the American Abstract-Expressionism movement.
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 the potter said unto clay: BE WARE – and it was.” -George Edgar Ohr
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.
Be brave, be yourself, trust your instincts, follow your vision.
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Published: January 29th, 2013