Museum of Ceramics publishes children’s book | News, Sports, Jobs

Pictured Susan Weaver, left, and Catherine Keenan, center, present a copy of “Clay: Homer and Shakespeare Start a Pottery” to Fiesta Tableware Company President Liz McIlvain.

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Museum of Ceramics Foundation has published a children’s book written by Catherine Keenan. “Clay: Homer and Shakespeare Start a Pottery” a new song with a handshake. It tells the story of how clay is turned into pottery using the Laughlin Brothers Pottery as a venue. The book is illustrated with images of oil paintings from the museum’s collection. The paintings, by Roland Schweinsburg (1898 – 1963), were commissioned by the chamber of commerce to show the work in pottery. Schweinsburg is a Youngstown artist and the artist who painted the TRAP mural of the “Old Bennett” in the Museum of Ceramics when it was a post office. The Museum displays 18 of his paintings and has 12 paintings made as studies for oil paintings.

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The book is available in the Museum’s gift shop. Although the museum is closed for the winter months, books can be purchased by calling the museum and leaving a note. A staff member will return the phone and make arrangements, including pickup or delivery. It can be soft or hard, and can be signed if desired.

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A grant from the Ohio Humanities Council helped fund the publishing costs (Fulton Books) and provided free copies to all fourth graders touring the museum as a class group this year. . Teachers can schedule guided tours by calling the museum at 330-386-6001 and leaving a message or by emailing [email protected]

Keenan wrote the song as part of a graduation class he took a few years ago. Museum Director Susan Weaver said, “When I became director of MoC, Cathi came and told me that she had written a book for children with Schweinsburg paintings. I was so interested that one day he brought me a bad copy to read. Despite his appearance, I was very happy! I found this to be a real gem and a great way to teach kids and adults about pottery, famous pottery, and art! I know we need to promote it to share with our community. “ He added, “The illustrations in this book are truly beautiful and make it a great buy for all age levels.”

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Museum staff Wendy Adkins, Jennifer Barrett Weaver assisted in the editing and design of the book.

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