Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

greenberg mad potter Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad PotterIn 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!”

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About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine and coauthor, with Roger Sutton, of A Family of Readers (Candlewick). She is coauthor of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog and has served on the 2008 Newbery committee and chaired the 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder committee.

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