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Mad Potter Comes Home

Created by the master himself, these whimsical pieces of art were molded more than a century ago right here in Biloxi. They've faced all the elements. Everything from surviving a fire that burned Ohr's studio in the 1890s, to the vicious winds and water that surged during Hurricanes Camille and Katrina.

Ohr Museum Director, Marjie Gowdy, recalls the most recent adventure.

"It has been quite a journey. I want to say how proud I am of our staff and our board, that every piece of Ohr Pottery that the museum has taken care of, which is close to 300 pieces has survived in tact."

Although Ohr's playful puzzle mugs and signature urn survived Katrina's wrath, the world-famous pottery is just now making its way back to display cases in south Mississippi.

"What happened after the storm is we took it to the Mobile Museum of art, they took very good care of it, they had in storage and had a small exhibit afterward," says Gowdy.

The collection was later moved to Northern Mississippi, where much of it is still being stored.

"And our plan is to bring about 40 pieces down at a time and rotate them out for exhibit, because it's very important for people to remember what George Ohr was all about."

It has been a long journey, but these precious pieces of Biloxi's history are finally home, and attracting quite an audience.

Gowdy is happy to report, "We've had already had visitors from 3 different countries and all across the United States in just the few weeks we've been open, so it's great to be back."

You can visit the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art at its new location at the Glenn L. Swetman House in Biloxi, behind Mirimar Park. 

by Meggan Gray

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