Thursday, March 11, 2010
LSU Museum of Art
In 1893, George E. Ohr was forced to rebuild his life after Mississippi Pot-Ohr-E (pottery) studio burned. Facing the destruction of much of his hometown, life's work, and family income, Ohr went on to produce some of the most innovative ceramic work of his career. The exhibition Ohr Rising, The Emergence of an American Master recounts this transformation between the fire of 1894 and the end of his potting career in 1905. Examples include teapots, cadogans and two-handled vases, which highlight the artist's interest in organic lines and shapes and brilliant colored glazes. Ohr lived through a period of great change in American life and it is obvious that his art is a reflection of the prevailing spirit of modernism that led the way into the 20th century.