Works from one of CFile’s favorites, “The Mad Potter” George Ohr, were on display in August at the Craig F. Starr Gallery in New York. As the name implies, the pieces on display are wholly unique while showcasing Ohr’s singular skill at the wheel. The gallery supported the show with a catalogue which is available for order here.
Writing for the New York Times, Ken Johnson states of the exhibition:
Beginning each piece on a potter’s wheel, Ohr produced thin-walled vessels that he then subjected to all kinds of manipulations. Crumpling, crimping, folding, dimpling, twisting, squashing and stretching, he fashioned objects that appear organically animated. Those glazed in a wondrous variety of colors, patterns and textures resemble exotic puffballs or tropical sea anemones. Others riff on traditional conventions to playfully absurdist effect, including goblets with mismatched fancy handles. A coconut-shape teapot with a pebbled red glaze, a serpentine spout and a nonfunctional lid fused to its body calls to mind 21st-century works by the ceramic sculptors Ken Price and Ron Nagle. Toward the end of his career, in the early 1900s, Ohr abandoned glazing to emphasize sculptural forms. The 18 sand-colored examples here are classically elegant.
A selection of pieces in the show is presented here in this post, courtesy of the gallery.
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