Mad Potter's pods will debut next spring

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - George Ohr's work with ceramic art earned him the title the Mad Potter of Biloxi.  That art is about to be showcased in its permanent home near Biloxi's eastern tip.

The final phase of construction at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi is now underway.  Work just started to finish what are commonly called the pods, those oddly shaped silver shells that sit in the center of the Ohr campus.

The shells arrived on the Ohr campus years ago.  But, their interiors were never completed.  So, the pods have just sat there.  Now that this contract is approved, skylights are being installed, and exhibit space is being built.

When the job is done, each pod will highlight the work of the Mad Potter.  "The pods are the permanent home of the exhibition on the life and work of George Edgar Ohr," museum director Denny Mecham said.  "It's all George and that's why Gehry decided on the undulating shapes because they represent the undulation and alternate forms that Ohr did that made his pottery so famous."

Gehry is noted architect Frank Gehry.  He was hired by the Ohr board to design a museum that would dance with the trees.

The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art mission is to promote and preserve the unique legacy of Biloxi potter George E. Ohr and the diverse cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and to exhibit works which exemplify the independent, innovative, and creative spirit of George Ohr.

The pods should open to the public sometime in the spring of next year.

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