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Bowl (USA), 1893–1909

This is a Bowl. It was company: Biloxi Art Pottery and ceramist: George E. Ohr. It is dated 1893–1909 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is painted and glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The self-styled “mad potter of Biloxi,” Ohr is known for his ability to create very thin-walled vessels on the potter’s wheel and his creative techniques for distorting their shapes. This bowl exemplifies these techniques, as the thin form has been crumpled and twisted into a free-form, organic object. The mottled interior and exterior add to the organic nature of this bowl, creating a unique total aesthetic.

This object was donated by Marcia Goodman and William Goodman. It is credited Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sculptural Vessel (Netherlands), 1985
  • fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre technique).
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen....
  • 1986-20-1

Its dimensions are

H x Diam: 10.8 x 15.55 cm (4 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside, impressed underglaze: "G.E. OHR, / Biloxi, Miss"

Cite this object as

Bowl (USA), 1893–1909; Company: Biloxi Art Pottery (United States); painted and glazed earthenware; H x Diam: 10.8 x 15.55 cm (4 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.); Gift of Marcia and William Goodman; 1984-84-34

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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