East Liverpool, OH – the former pottery capital of the world. Today, the Museum of Ceramics stands as a reminder of how this city once produced more than half of the total ceramic output of the United States. It contains thousands of fired ceramic wares that were created in East Liverpool from the 19th and 20th centuries. Storage Zone Self Storage wants to share this city’s wonderful ceramics history and help you to start your own pottery projects at home.
Major Potteries in East Liverpool OH
Though East Liverpool may not retain its pottery title, it still houses three major potteries from those days. The Hall China Company, founded in 1903, continues to operate in the city. This well-established pottery uses fast-fire kilns to create 32 percent stronger, more uniform chinaware.
The Homer Laughlin China Company has operated in East Liverpool since the 1870s and is known as the official Fiesta factory. It produces numerous dinnerware products such as bowls, mugs and saucers, and a line of ceramic pitchers, carafes and teapots.
The Pioneer Pottery Company also operates in East Liverpool and has helped to shape the ceramics industry since 1935.
Set Up a Pottery Studio at Home
When choosing pottery as a hobby, you have the choice between making wheel-thrown or hand-built pots. Building the pots by hand is a beginner-friendly way to get into the hobby and requires less equipment. All you need is a spare room in your home or a corner of your garage, a work table, and an electric kiln. You also need clay and a storage unit or shelves to store your works in progress.
If you opt for oven-baked clay, you can get away with using your kitchen oven to bake your final piece. Other necessary tools include sponges to keep the clay moist, bowl ribs for shaping the piece, wire tools for cutting the clay, and rubber ribs for checking hardness levels and polishing the pots. An in-depth do-it-yourself guide can help you get started and on your way to creating the ideal pottery studio at home.
Make Room for Pottery With Storage Zone Self Storage
With a storage unit from Storage Zone, you can make room for a pottery studio in an extra bedroom or your garage. We’re located on Strader Road in East Liverpool and can help you pick out an affordable storage unit for storing your household clutter or for your spare pottery supplies.