'Extra special' Ohr vase donated to museum

'Extra special' Ohr vase donated to museum

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Leaders of the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art are calling an anonymous donation 'extra special.'

The museum's director, Kevin O'Brien, said the vase is an important piece of the George Edgar Ohr ceramic art pottery.

"Although the museum has been fortunate enough to receive gifts of Ohr in the recent past, it's always a special and rare occasion to receive such a fine example of Ohr's work," said O'Brien.

The vase is about 7 1/2 inches tall but it's the coloring of the vase that makes it so unique.

"Like several of Ohr's glazed works, this particular vase looks dark brown, until it is illuminated by high intensity light (or sunlight) which transforms the colors of the vase showing magnificent, blazing colors," said O'Brian. "All George Ohr artworks are great, but the size, modeling and glazes make this one 'extra special'."

The vase showcases artistic qualities Ohr is famous for. The museum's welcome center manager, Nathan Lytle, described the gift as a "classic, perfect example of the twisted shapes and incredible use of glazes which at first look ordinary but once exposed to sunlight display a brilliant myriad of color."

The vase will be on display as part of the Ohr permanent collection.

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