5th of 6 Ohr-O'Keefe Museum buildings opens

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm •  Published: September 16, 2012
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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Two descendants of George Ohr attended the opening of the fifth building completed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the museum dedicated to the man once called "the mad potter of Biloxi."

"My mother was George Ohr's granddaughter. I like to come to anything that showcases George," Phyllis Allen of Jackson told The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/Ppf0kX). She and her cousin Dottie Moran of Ocean Springs went together to Saturday's opening of the new City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics.

The four-story building overlooking the Mississippi Sound was built around a 300-year-old oak tree. Architect Frank Gehry designed it and four other buildings including the museum that will hold most of Ohr's work — four towering, twisted stainless-steel "pods" inspired by the twisting lines of Ohr's pottery.

A light-filled ceramics studio for art classes makes up the first floor of the Center for Ceramics. The second through fourth floors are a meeting area, museum offices, and the board of directors meeting room.

Bids on The Pods will be let in November, and the building should be opened by the end of 2013, said Larry Clark, president of the museum's board of directors.

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