Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool, Ohio

This was once the post office for East Liverpool. It is, architecturally, beautiful. The new post office opened to the public on June 15, 1909. The post office remained in the building until 1969, when a new post office building was constructed on the other side of town. In 1970, the state of Ohio purchased the building in anticipation of developing a museum. The building was subsequently designated as The Museum of Ceramics in the spring of 1980.
I was down town today, looking for ghost stories about the area. I am doing a ghost tour of East Liverpool during the Pottery Festival which is running from June 18th-20th. I do not yet know when I will be scheduled to do the tour. When I find out, I will let you know. If you know any stories about the down town area, please email me. I learned a lot today and even met some fellow ghost hunters (Columbiana County Paranormal). Oh, and I talked to a man named Ian who owns the Diamond Building at the diamond. I will be learning more about that with a story coming in the future.
I drove past the museum and saw that it was open. It only costs $4 to go in and go through it. As far as I am concerned it is $4 well spent.
To the left above, the museum as it looks today. To the right, Sarah W. Vodrey, director of the Ceramic Museum. She has had this distinction for about five years and she loves her job. She genuinely cares about her museum and her city. She comes from a long line of Vodreys(6 generations) that came to this area from England in about 1847, and started their own pottery works. They operated until about 1928. Sarah's love for her family history and her city was evident as I spoke with her today.
She says that the museum lost its funding through the Ohio Historical Society last year, and they are struggling. They really need community support and any donations they can get to keep operating. They have a web site if you are interested. www.TheMuseumofCeramics.org

In the basement there are several scenes that use manikins to show you what it was like to work in a pottery. I honestly didn't know there was anything like this around here.

The ceiling in the museum is very beautiful and includes this painting of one of the first potteries in this area.

Many of the walls are covered with pictures from East Liverpool's past. Any history buff would greatly appreciate some of the moments captured and displayed here.

And of course the pottery on display is often breath taking and exquisite.

There are even examples of the equipment used to make the pottery through out the museum. Here is a diagram that explains a pottery wheel. And then.....

You actually get to see the pottery wheel described. It is huge.

Even a small cannon, used, I believe, for civil defense can be found on display inside. I spent about an hour and a half inside taking a walk into East Liverpool's past. And believe me, it was well worth a moment of my time.
The Museum of Ceramics is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 to 3:30. It is $4 for adults and $2 for students. If your family is looking for something fun to do, a visit here would be a great idea, followed by lunch or dinner at the Hot Dog Shoppe. I ate lunch there today and it fosters a great family atmosphere. I loved it. Also worth a moment of your time.

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