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Decorative Arts

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.

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 not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Iris Alex
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2000.19_view2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2000.19_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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