The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum celebrates George Ohr’s 165th birthday


BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art celebrated the 165th birthday of American ceramic master George Ohr in Biloxi. The celebration included live music and art vendors showcasing their pieces.

Woodcarver Adam Plitt started his craft a year ago. He said after learning how to carve wood on a YouTube video, the hobby quickly turned into a passion.

“I went to the woodpile and grabbed a piece of wood and started carving and never looked back. It’s pretty much a hobby now,” Plitt said. .

Plitt was one of many artists on site. Painter, Milton Williams was also there to give people a glimpse of him in action.

The museum also had a pottery section where children could show off their skills. Iris Pittmen, 10, told WLOX she wanted to be a potter when she was older, just like her mother.

“My mom is a potter here, so I just came here to help her,” Pittmen said.

Visitors had the chance to create their own flame-finishing pots with a technique called saggar cooking.

“We take our jars and wrap them in any of these things which are materials, metals and dyes. Then we got into our drum and they set it on fire,” said potter Kimberely Wilson.

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