In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here.
Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject?
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to visit the Frank O. Gehry–designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, which was in the process of being rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Right away we saw a giant blow-up of a 1900 photograph of George E. Ohr — America’s greatest art potter — standing on his head. His pottery is one of our passions, and now we couldn’t resist the man. We looked at each other and said, “Definitely, yes!”