What’s happening @theMuseum

The Museum of Ceramics documents the history of the town and the pottery industry. Walking through, viewing the artifacts and reading the panels, visitors learn our story. Most visitors appreciate the offerings and enjoy the visit. It is our job (the staff and volunteers) to add to that and find ways to make the story come alive, to show how it is relevant to our lives today, and to make it interesting and even entertaining to those who enter our doors. How to do that is one of our biggest challenges.

Over the next year, the Museum will offer a number of classes, temporary exhibits, cultural and historical programs and other events designed to meet a wide range of interests and age groups. I will tell you of these events in this column “@theMuseum.”

We want to be responsive to community needs and interests, so I would love to hear your ideas for Museum-sponsored programs (contact info below).

For example, the first event I’ll mention, came about because of a community happening that closely matches our mission, so we responded! The Hall China Collectors Club is meeting in Pittsburgh this week and on Thursday, April 6, they will be in town to tour the potteries. So, on that day, an all-day tea party, using Hall China teapots of course, will be held in the Museum for the opening of a temporary exhibit “A Spot of Tea.” This teapot exhibit is on loan from the collection of Peg and John Thompson and will run through the end of April. The tea party is a one day event for the collectors and everyone, so stop by and have pastries and share “a spot of tea” with us!

On April 21, “Music @theMuseum” will feature Bill Crawford, Arl Green, and Mark Wilson. Doors open at 7 p.m. so that visitors may tour the museum prior to the program. Museum staff will be throughout the building to answer any questions. The music starts at 8. Admission is only $5 and benefits the Museum of Ceramics Foundation; donations will also be accepted to help fund Team Mojo’s Mark Miller Music Project, which provides free music lessons to local underprivileged children. Light refreshments will be available.

And our final program of the month is an annual event sponsored by a Museum affiliate, The Lady Slippers. The Arts Festival will be held at the country club on April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular event includes a Chinese auction, artists’ booths, lunch availability and a chance to visit with friends.

The Museum is back to regular operating hours after the limited hours of winter. We are open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students. Most of our funding comes from donations to the Museum of Ceramic Foundation. We also are part of the Ohio History Connection.

Future “@theMuseum” columns will not only provide detailed event information, but will include stories of our unique collection and the history it depicts as well as “museum life” vignettes.

(Contact Susan Weaver at museumofceramics@gmail.com)