Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Artist or scallywag?

The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius

Title: The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius
By: Jan Greenberg

"For most of his adult life, folks called George Ohr a scallywag, a rascal, a braggart, a clown. He called himself a genius, an artist, an outsider, a mud dauber, the mad potter."

Lively quotes from George Ohr and lots of color photos of his ceramic works make this book fun to read for children and adults. His work ranged from whimsical (see p. 19 or 38) to sophisticated (see p. 20-21), and he prided himself on making each piece unique. The authors describe George Ohr’s hardworking and unconventional life with a humorous touch and interesting anecdotes. Ohr persisted in his pottery dreams for more than 30 years, even though his artwork was largely unappreciated at the time. His pottery did become a key tourist attraction in Biloxi, Mississippi; he used to do demonstrations blindfolded, reshaping the jug on his wheel through several transformations by feel alone. He retired in 1910, and his work was not rediscovered until the late 1960s, when it finally found an audience that could appreciate his experiments with form and color. A new museum in Biloxi dedicated in part to his work was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and has been reconstructed, a tribute to Ohr’s own tenacity under adversity.

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Posted by April on Feb. 26, 2014 at 8 a.m.
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April 25, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.:

I too read this book, and I highly recommend it, especially if you know a thing or two about pottery/ceramics. This was a man ahead of his time, and his pieces are amazing.

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