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The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

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The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

A 2014 ALA Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book
 
When George Ohr's trove of pottery was discovered in 1967, years after his death, his true genius was discovered with it. The world could finally see how unique this artist really was!
 
Born in 1856 in Biloxi, Mississippi, George grew up to the sounds of the civil war and political unrest. When he was 22, his boyhood friend introduced him to the pottery wheel. The lost young man suddenly found his calling. "When I found the potter's wheel I felt it all over like a duck in water." 
 
He started creating strangely crafted pots and vases, expressing his creativity and personality through the ceramic sculptures. Eventually he had thousands at his fingertips. He took them to fairs and art shows, but nobody was buying these odd figures from this bizarre man. Eventually he retired, but not without hiding hundreds of his ceramics.
 
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, authors of the award winning BALLET FOR MARTHA,  approach this colorful biography with a gentle and curious hand.

The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius
by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan