On View: 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
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.
5 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (13.0 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
Stamped on bottom: "G. E. OHR / Biloxi, Miss."
Gift of Iris Alex
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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
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