George Ohr (American 1857-1918) | Signed Bisque Pot

Signed to underside: "Mud from New Orleans Street I G.E. Ohr I Times Democrat 1905"
Bisque fired earthenware
Circa: 1905
Size: 3 1/2" x 4 7/8" | 8.9 x 12.4 cm
“God put no color or quality in souls, so I’ll put no color on my pots.”—George Ohr. In Ohr's later phase he largely abandoned glazing as he felt it interferred with the sculpture of his pottery. This remarkable example features Ohr's in-body twist and ruffled rim—it's beautiful in its movement. The bottom is highly inscribed and importantly, it informs us that the pot was made from mud collected from the streets of New Orleans (where he apprenticed as a production potter), its date, "1905," and it is inscribed "Times Democrat" which was a New Orleans newspaper and here Ohr hints at his progressive political leanings.

Ohr, widely known as the "Mad Potter of Biloxi," was a remarkable artist whose innovative pottery approach challenged his time's conventions. His journey as an artist eventually led him to become the most influential figure in American ceramics. Ohr's artistic legacy extends far beyond his pottery—his daring and unorthodox approach to art continues to inspire contemporary artists.

Provenance: Collection of Dr. Ellis F. Rubin and Suzanne Borow Rubin

Condition: Excellent.

Price: $10,800.00