George E. Ohr was a potter from Biloxi Mississippi. He’s been dead for a long time – he was a little boy during the U.S.Civil War. Even so, when you read about him, it seems like you could just walk into his studio and start making stuff out of clay with him. He doesn’t seem old-fashioned or distant. He seems like a friend. He called his pots his “mud babies”. As you can see by his picture on the cover of this book – George was one-of-a-kind. There is another picture of him in this book with his mustache sticking straight out on both sides and his eyes crossed. This is a man who listened to his own voice and nobody else’s. Some of the words people used to describe him were:
But he was more than that. He was also a genius, and an artist. The picture of the pots he made are amazing. They are one-of-a-kind also, just like George.
This book is the story of George’s life from the time he was a boy helping in his father’s blacksmith shop or his mother’s grocery store, to the time he spent digging up natural clay along the banks of the Mississippi to make into his “mud babies”. If you have ever felt like the oddball, the one whose ideas don’t seem quite in step with everyone else, you’ll like George’s story. Reading about how he believed in himself makes you feel confident enough to do the same. If George was “mad” he was the good kind!
- Amazon Look Inside: The Mad Potter
- KidsReads: The Mad Potter
- GoodReads: The Mad Potter
- Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
- Smithsonian: The Mad Potter of Biloxi
- Mississippi Historical Society: George E. Ohr
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Online Collection – George E. Ohr
- Cleveland Museum of Art: Online Collection – George E. Ohr
- Lauren Rogers Museum of Art: Online Collection – George E. Ohr