Thursday, October 05, 2006

Pottery and Photography on Display in October

Examples of pottery currently being produced in Southeast Ohio are on display in the Library's entry display case. "Muskingum and Perry Counties were the center of the pottery industry at the turn of the 20th century", says Mary Ellen Weingartner, owner of Ohio Pottery. She is also a docent at the National Ceramic Museum and Heritage Center. "There were 40 to 50 here at the turn of the century. It was the largest industry in Muskingum and Perry Counties." Mary says that the presence of clay and energy sources like trees, coal and later, natural gas, encouraged the industry in our region. The Muskingum River provided a natural transportation route for Ohio's pottery to the southern states. Mary and Muskingum College Freshmen Cory Marling provided pottery pieces and descriptions for the display.

The flat display case inside the Library spotlights the prize-winning photographs taken by Elane Day, Periodicals Assistant. Elane has worked in a variety of jobs at the college since 1969. She is the mother of Linda Morrow, Profession of Education. Elane enjoys photographing landscapes and members of her family.