This first pod -- the
Prized, honored, cherished
The pod will house a new exhibition of Ohr's works: "
"He said one day his works would be prized, honored and cherished," said
Indeed they are. The museum has been 10 years in the making, and the four pods are the final elements. Each will hold specific installations of Ohr's works, with a different theme in each one.
The new exhibit will give tantalizing tastes of Ohr's works. The largest case holds studio items -- examples of small pot lids, kiln stilts on which pots sat while they were fired, even molds for Ohr's infamous brothel tokens.
"We have a total of about 159 of the pot lids," some glazed and some unglazed, Ross said. "There's also part of the handle for the Monumental Urn, some small bottle stoppers.
"We also have an original slip bowl he used," Ross said. "It was donated in memory of
There's even an intriguing small circa-1890s cement-and-clay grave marker, found after Katrina, that appears to have an Ohr connection. An enlarged replica of one of Ohr's original business cards is displayed in the case.
"The original one is just too fragile, so we made this copy," Ross said.
First glimpse of works
There are 35 pieces in the installation, including nine on loan from private collections and several donated to the museum over the years.
"Three of the vases have never been shown before," Ross said.
A watercolor portrait of Ohr by
At Saturday's celebration, Hecht will sign copies of his latest work, and entertainment will be provided by
The museum is working to complete the remaining three pods.
"We still need to raise money for the interiors," Executive Director
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