Ceramics Symposium investigating importance of East Liverpool, Ohio

TRENTON, N.J. — The Potteries of Trenton Society (POTS), in association with the New Jersey State Museum and Trenton Museum Society, announces the 2013 Trenton Ceramics Symposium, which will explore the nature and potential of the Trenton Potteries Database. The Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 in the auditorium of the New Jersey State Museum on West State Street, Trenton.

POTS was founded in 1999 as a group effort to support and steward the Trenton Potteries Database, which is a digital compilation of basic information about Trenton’s potteries that was created as part of an agreement between the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to offset the impacts of NJDOT projects on Trenton pottery sites. During the ensuing years, POTS launched its

Trenton’s canal and rail line are visible in this illustration of Greenwood Pottery published in 1883 by Woodward and Hageman in their History of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Photo courtesy Everts and Peck, Philadelphia, Pa.).

Trenton’s canal and rail line are visible in this illustration of Greenwood Pottery published in 1883 by Woodward and Hageman in their History of Burlington and Mercer Counties (Photo courtesy Everts and Peck, Philadelphia, Pa.).

website and established the annual Symposium, while improving the database and making arrangements with NJDOT to assume its stewardship. The current effort is to open the database to collectors, archaeologists and scholars through POTS’s website.

The keynote speaker will be William Gates, co-author of “The East Liverpool, Ohio, Pottery District: Identification of Manufacturers and Marks” (1982) and author of “The City of Hills and Kilns: Life and Work in East Liverpool, Ohio” (1984). Gates will discuss data collection and interpretation related to his analysis of the ceramics industry in East Liverpool, Ohio, and the development of the city’s Museum of Ceramics. He will also talk about the relationship between Trenton and East Liverpool as the most important cities in the U.S. ceramic industry.

Additional speakers include POTS President Patricia Madrigal, who will describe the inception and development of the Trenton Potteries Database; Richard Hunter, principal of Hunter Research, who will use the database to examine the general nature of Trenton’s pottery industry, especially as it pertains to the geography of the city; and Hunter archaeologist William Liebeknecht, who will talk about the Speeler Pottery Company as a case study of the type of analysis for an individual pottery that has been achieved using the database. Judi Wells and Scott Anderson will discuss their work of finding Trenton’s potters in the city’s cemeteries.


This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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The Trenton Ceramics Symposium is open to the public. The registration fee is $35 if paid by April 1. Members of POTS, the Friends of the NJ State Museum, and the Trenton Museum Society may attend for $30, if paid in advance. Registration is $40 at the door, and all registrations include lectures, lunch and the Ellarslie reception. A mail-in registration form is available at www.potteriesoftrenton.org; or contact POTS President Patricia Madrigal at 609-695-0122 ext. 100 or president@potteriesoftrentonsociety.org.

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