Ceramics was perhaps the most widespread expression of the Arts and Crafts movement. The unique handcrafted vessels by George Ohr certainly are among the most idiosyncratic. Ohr threw the clay, which he hauled himself from local riverbeds, into thin-walled vessels. He then used his hands to squeeze, fold, and twist the walls to create abstracted sculptural forms. Ohr's deconstructed vessels integrated ornament and form. Stylistically, however, his vessels may seem at odds with the Arts and Crafts commitment to plain forms that were "honest" to their purpose.
- Maker: George E. Ohr, American, 1857-1918
- Medium: Glazed earthenware
- Dates: ca. 1900
- Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (13.0 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Stamped on bottom: "G. E. OHR / Biloxi, Miss."
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view on the 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 2000.19
- Credit Line: Gift of Iris Alex
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: George E. Ohr (American, 1857-1918). Vase, ca. 1900. Glazed earthenware, 5 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (13.0 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Iris Alex, 2000.19. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (63%)