East Liverpool Historical Society - This web site presents historical information about the city of East Liverpool, Ohio,
its potteries, and its people.
American Art Pottery Association
- The American Art Pottery Association is devoted to promoting
"interest, understanding, appreciation and recognition of American Art
American Ceramics Society
- Promotes knowledge and understanding of ceramics and the ceramic industry.
Society Bulletin - An Internet news bulletin published by the American
Blue and White
Pottery Club - The Blue and White Pottery Club aims to "share
information, encourage learning, and foster an appreciation of the distinct
history, wide variety, and increasing collectability of Blue & White Stoneware
Library - The Carnegie Library is one of East Liverpool's notable buildings, both
architecturally, and for the collection it houses. During his youth, Andrew
Carnegie visited his uncle in East
Liverpool. In addition to its many other resources,
the library has many decades of East
Liverpool newspapers on microfilm. Visitors enjoy
paintings by 20th century artist Hans Hacker, as well as the ceramic tile
floor featuring the seal of the State of Ohio and a large medallion.
- Industrial, professional and technological news from within the ceramics
Cowan Pottery Studio
- R. Guy Cowan founded The Cowan Pottery Studio in Lakewood,
Ohio, near Cleveland, and helped launch the careers of
others such as Viktor Schreckengost. Cowan, born in
in 1884, came from a family of potters.
East Liverpool High School
Alumni Association - Believed to be the largest public high school alumni
association in the world, this group sponsors an important pottery auction in
every June. The complete proceeds of the auction go to the organization's
scholarship fund for deserving ELHS graduates.
East Liverpool, Ohio
- Justly famed as the Pottery Capitol of the Nation.
East Liverpool Tourism Bureau -
Comprehensive website for your tourism questions about East Liverpool, Ohio.
of Art - The Everson Museum of Art, is in Syracuse, New
York. They have roughly 11,000 pieces of art of all
types including a significant collection of ceramics.
Gladstone Pottery Museum - The Gladstone
and The Potteries Art Museum are both in Stoke-on-Trent, the ancestral city
of most of East Liverpool's
Hall China - The
producers of sought-after teapots and many other ceramic products.
China Collectors Association - Hall China
ceramics and the concerns and interests of Hall China collectors.
Homer Laughlin China -
The producers of Fiesta Ware and many other ceramic products.
Homer Laughlin China
Collectors Association - Homer Laughlin ceramics and the concerns and
interests of Homer Laughlin collectors.
Lou Holtz Museum
- Features extensive memorabilia from the career of noted East Liverpudlian Lou Holtz, who went on to coach football at
Notre Dame and the University
of South Carolina,
among other schools. Other Upper
dignitaries are also featured.
Mason Color - An East Liverpool
company, and one of the world's oldest and most respected
manufacturers of ceramic stains.
of Medieval and Encaustic Tile - See the Museum of Medieval
and Encaustic Tile for many examples of ceramic tiles.
Museum & Heritage Center - The National
& Heritage Center
in south central Ohio is devoted to the ware
produced in the area of Zanesville,
Crooksville, and Roseville.
Road/Zane Gray Museum - The National Road/Zane Gray Museum is an Ohio Historical
Society site of interest to ceramics collectors and aficionados. In addition
to their transportation and Zane Gray displays, this museum also has a lovely
collection of the Ohio Art pottery produced around Zanesville, Ohio.
National Shaving Mug
Collectors Association - Visitors wishing to learn more about shaving
mugs and barbershop supplies will enjoy a visit to the National Shaving Mug
Collectors Association (NSMCA). The Museum of Ceramics
features 48 shaving mugs, including that of 19th century composer and
philanthropist Will Thompson.
Ohio Historical Society
- Dating to 1885, the OHS has always sought to collect, preserve and
interpret items and records related to the history of the state. It is thanks
to the Ohio Historical Society that the Museum of Ceramics
has been open since 1980. The Museum is one of over sixty sites of the OHS,
all of which may be visited online.
Ohio River Pottery
- This site provides basic information on American dinnerware makers, shapes,
backstamps and patterns, concentrating on potteries
from the Upper Ohio River Valley.
Valley China Collectors - Information on the Ohio Valley China Collectors
Convention (formerly the East Liverpool Pottery Collectors Convention), held
in East Liverpool
Museum of Art - The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
focuses on the life and work of the self-described "Mad Potter of
Biloxi" George Ohr.
Potteries of Trenton Society - The Potteries of Trenton
Society is "dedicated to the study and preservation of Trenton's ceramic past".
History of East Liverpool - An overview of the East Liverpool pottery industry through the
Ross C. Purdy
Museum of Ceramics - Traditional and high-tech ceramics from the last 150
International Museum of Ceramic Art - The Schein-Joseph International
Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred,
New York, houses 8,000 ceramics
items. It is a teaching and research facility connected with the New York
State College of Ceramics at Alfred
Liverpool's "Sister City" - East Liverpool's
English "Sister City" and the ancestral home of many of East Liverpool's early
Trenton City Museum -
The Trenton City
Museum at Ellarslie Mansion
in Trenton New Jersey
"houses a fine collection of art and artifacts related to Trenton's historical
and cultural past and present". Trenton, New Jersey and East
Liverpool share some common threads of history. Each
city has been known as "The Staffordshire of America" and the
nation's "Pottery Capital." Pottery production in both cities
flourished in part because of abundant local clay, the ease of river and
eventually railroad transportation. Both cities benefited from their
proximity to much larger population centers. The peripatetic English potter
William Bloor moved back and forth between the two cities with astounding
frequency. He and other East Liverpudlian
potters are credited with founding the nascent whiteware
industry in both cities. He was living in East Liverpool at the time of his death.
Prized examples of Bloor's American Parian Ware are
on display in both The Museum of Ceramics and The Trenton City Museum. By the
late 19th and early 20th centuries, Trenton
eventually rivaled East Liverpool
in pottery production. The two areas are still important American pottery
Viktor Schreckengost - Three Schreckengost
brothers of Sebring, Ohio (which itself was founded by five potter brothers
from East Liverpool) went on to distinguish themselves in the field of
ceramics design, as well as a variety of other types of design. It is
estimated that the designs of Viktor Schreckengost
still touch the lives of practically every adult American. Don Schreckengost was another award winning designer with
close connections to East Liverpool through
his work at Homer Laughlin and also Hall China. Paul Schreckengost
too was a ceramics designer.
China Association - The White Ironstone China Association aims to
"add to the study, history and pleasure of collecting white ironstone
W. C. Bunting - (1880
to the present) is an East Liverpool
company specializing in decoration of ceramic and glass items, using
silkscreened decals and digital imprints.
The distinctive marks featured on this page are just a fraction of the backstamps employed by the hundreds of potteries which
operated in and around East Liverpool
over the years.
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Photographs copyright Catherine S. Vodrey (www.WordBanquet.com).
The Museum of Ceramics, 400 East Fifth Street, East
Liverpool, Ohio 43920
Telephone: 330-386-6001 or 800-600-7180 ~ Email