The Mad Potter
When George Ohr's trove of pottery was discovered in 1967, years after his death, his true genius was discovered with it. The world could finally see how unique this artist really was!

Born in 1856 in Biloxi, Mississippi, George grew up to the sounds of the civil war and political unrest.When he was 22, his boyhood friend introduced him to the pottery wheel. The lost young man suddenly found his calling.

"When I found the potter's wheel I felt it all over like a duck in water."

He started creating strangely crafted pots and vases, expressing his creativity and personality through the ceramic sculptures. Eventualy he had thousands at his fingertips. He took them to fairs and art shows, but nobody was buying these odd figures from this bizarre man. Eventually he retired, but not without hiding hundreds of his ceramics.

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, authors of the award winning Ballet for Martha, approach this colorful biography with a gentle and curious hand.

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  • Elizabeth
    Aug 30, 2016


    Biography of Mississippi potter George Ohr. Ohr was recognized during his life for his antics, but his "art pottery" was not given the respect he felt it deserved until the 1970s. The authors have been recognized with several Sibert and Orbis Pictus honors.They turn their considerable ...

  • Arminzerella
    Feb 6, 2016


    George E. Ohr was an outrageous potter from Biloxi, Mississippi with a huge personality (and a huge curling mustache) whose pottery and artistic vision were ahead of his time. While he was more notorious than famous in his own lifetime, when his pottery was "rediscovered" in the late 1...

  • Suzanne
    Aug 13, 2015


    A couple of years ago a friend of mine produced a Nebraska EducationalTelecommunications video (NET): EMERY BLAGDON AND HIS HEALING MACHINE. This book, The Mad Potter: George E. Oer Eccentric Genius, reminds me of this video. This biography tells the story of George E. Ohr. Blacksmith ...

  • Kelly
    May 4, 2015


    Great photographic illustrations, interesting story, would appeal to anyone who is interested in art, pottery or very unique individuals; best for upper elementary, maybe 6th grade; I think it holds limited appeal for 7th and 8th grade, other than those very interested in pottery; beca...

  • Devan
    Apr 14, 2015


    Summary:The Mad Potter was a biography of potter George E. Ohr. If followed his life and his development as a Potter. All his ups and downs in business where shown, and his family life was talked about as well. There are many examples of his work through the story with pictures and des...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 25, 2015


    This vividly told biography about a mad potter who becomes most successful about one hundred years after his death may inspire children. Interesting in part because he predicted his own success, students will relate to his eccentricities and learn about history and ceramic making in th...

  • M.
    Jan 22, 2015


    George Ohr may well have been a genius as a potter, but I don't think I would have liked the man. He carried his eccentricities and egoism to an extreme, probably to try to sell his pottery to people wanting to see the Mad Potter of Biloxi. I came away with the impression that his anti...

  • IndyPL Kids Book Blog
    Jan 13, 2015

    IndyPL Kids Book Blog

    George E. Ohr was a potter from Biloxi Mississippi. He’s been dead for a long time – he was a little boy during the U.S.Civil War. Even so, when you read about him, it seems like you could just walk into his studio and start making stuff out of clay with him. He doesn’t ...

  • Natalie Payton
    Dec 9, 2014

    Natalie Payton

    Summary/Critique:The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg is a nonfiction book about George Ohr and the discovery of his pottery after his death. George Ohr was born in the mid-1800s and grew up during the civil war. He was introduced to pottery and found his ca...

  • Syndi Flores
    Dec 6, 2014

    Syndi Flores

    Compared to other books, this has a bit more text and more information to gather. This story has chapters that helps to break down the story about George E. Ohr. As well as the text tells the reader the facts, the images in the story also help to tell what is going on. Also, the images...