Various types and styles of inkwells were created by Ohr to sell to the tourist trade. Novelty items such as inkwells sold to tourists, along with functional pieces for the local community, were the means by which Ohr supported his family. The cougar inkwell was made from a two-part mold and applied to a base.
According to Eugene Hecht in "After the Fire," 1994 (13), "Pot-Ohr-E-George was no ordinary tradesman who in the smoking rubble might contemplate alternatives; there were no alternatives. He had to rebuild and create again. Not just stock shelves with souvenirs, or even to make a living, but to create a body of work that would properly represent him, that would stand for him before the world and future generations."
George Ohr's "Monumental Urn," the only one of its type in existence, was created in 1892 and survived the Biloxi fire of 1894. Originally the urn was almost six feet tall before its lid was lost. It was constructed in three sections. It also included elaborate handles, which wore down over the years. A fragment of an urn handle is in the collection of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.
In the early 1900s, Ohr stopped glazing pottery, leaving it in the bisque form. This last period represents his most abstract, sculptural ceramic objects. He tried his hand at new forms of artistic expression by exploring pure bisque “vessel sculptures,” extremely thin, with new twists, shapes and rhythms. Some vessels from this period are perfectly symmetrical, while others seem to move to their own rhythm.
Compiled by Curator Barbara Johnson Ross and her assistant Lilyana Gandour from the collection and archives of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.
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