Children between the ages of 6 and 18 will have the opportunity to play in the mud, or rather, the clay as the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Miss. presents its inaugural CLAY EXPLOHRERS Summer Camp this year. The museum’s namesake, artisan George E. Ohr, built his reputation as “The Mad Potter of Biloxi” prior to his death in 1918. His legacy lives on at the museum in many activities as well as displays of his work.
Taking advantage of the summer holiday, the museum staff has created SOOMA, or “Summer @ Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.” The programs aim to share the joy of working with pottery media as well as teaching skills to increase success for the young potters. CLAY EXPLOHRERS Summer Camp meets the goal with a total of seven camp opportunities offered.
Each camp session consists of five two-hour programs. The week of June 24-28 welcomes 6-9 year old children from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 10 to 13 year olds from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. July 8-12 and July 15-19 camp sessions follow the same schedules. From July 22-26, a Beginning Wheel Throwing camp offers 14-18 year olds the chance to work with a pottery wheel.
While many camps offer attendees the chance to paint ceramic pieces, the CLAY EXPLOHRERS camp shows them how to create their own pieces from the clay. Class size is limited to ten students and the class will be led by Jay Milner, Ohr-O’Keefe resident artist.
The museum and galleries, rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina, opens Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission to the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center, Café and Museum Store are free. Admission to the galleries costs $10 or less, depending on age category.
Ohr-OKeefe Museum of Art
396 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530