Museum of Ceramics


In 1839, James Bennet set up East Liverpool's first pottery factory. Like him, other pottery workers from England's Staffordshire district began immigrating to East Liverpool, providing skilled labor as well as the expertise to open new pottery works. By the 1870s, the nation's rail system allowed the potteries to import raw materials for a greater variety of wares. Engineering innovations such as the automatic jigger, which semimechanically shaped ceramic pieces, allowed the potteries to expand. The museum traces the history of the local ceramics industry and includes life-size dioramas of a jigger shop, kiln, and decorating shop.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Material Science
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:For generations, East Liverpool was to the ceramics industry what Pittsburgh was to steel and Detroit to automobile manufacturing. For 100 years, from the 1830s to 1930s, the city reigned over the nation's ceramics production as "America's Crockery City."
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