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Children explore the artsy side of East Liverpool

October 10, 2011
By LIZ MCKINNON - Township Reporter ( , The Review

EAST LIVERPOOL - The fourth annual Kids' Fall Funfest at the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool went smoothly with a good turnout and fun activities for everyone.

Held Saturday, kids of all ages came to the museum and became familiar with a little bit of town history. A big part of the event included a scavenger hunt, where children toured the entire building uses ceramics as tools to guess clues. Volunteer at the event Chris Bell said at least 55 guests attended and they were nothing but smiles.

"The kids loved the scavenger hunt," commented Bell. "They were so enthusiastic about the hunt. It was definitely one of the best parts of the day." Bell said that they were pleased with the amount of children that came to the event. A workshop was set up in the basement of the building where children tested their skills at clay crafts.

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Haley Spahr, 8, of East Liverpool, molds her own creation on the potter's wheel during the Kids' Fall Funfest day at the Museum of Ceramics. (Photo by Liz McKinnon)

Various other projects went on during the fest, from balloon animals to making clay bowls on an actual potter's wheel. In a separate room downstairs, volunteer Barrie Archer went through the steps of molding mini bowls out of self-drying clay. Archer led eight different classes, where children were able to create their own bowls entirely from scratch.

"There isn't enough time to really sit down and go through a big project, so this self- drying clay is something they can actually take home and keep re-shaping," said Archer.

The museum of Ceramics, located in downtown East Liverpool, showcases thousands of locally made ceramic objects and dozens of paintings. One of the most popular attractions to the building is the three life size mannequins that includes their own displays. This event gave children a chance to explore the artistic side to the town.



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