George E. Ohr (American, Biloxi, Mississippi 1857–1918 Biloxi, Mississippi )
Made in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
7 3/16 x 7 1/8 in. (18.3 x 18.1 cm)
Promised Gift of Robert A. Ellison Jr.
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 707
The self-proclaimed "Mad Potter of Biloxi," the Mississippi artist George Ohr, prefigured Abstract Expressionism in pottery by nearly half a century. A quintessential art potter, Ohr dug his own clay, exquisitely formed his own pots on the wheel, developed his own glazes, and fired his own kiln. This red earthenware teapot represents his adventurous and experimental approach to ceramics. He manipulated the traditional teapot form by pushing in its sides and pinching the handle, expressing an inventiveness and eccentricity that defied the more controlled ceramics of the period. Ohr's ingenuity is further demonstrated in the teapots blistered red glaze, an unconventional surface treatment.
Marking: Mark on underside: G. E. OHR, / Biloxi, Miss. (impressed stamp)