Yesterday, I travelled back from a week of vacation in Ohio, visiting relatives. Whether you are travelling east or west through Ohio on U.S. Interstate 70, you will drive through Zanesville. Zanesville was the second Ohio capital before Columbus. It is famous for a number of things:
- The National Road U.S. Route 40 parallels Interstate 70 and was originally envisioned by George Washington
- Zane’s Trace met at the Muskingum River there where the town was formed. (Ebenezer Zane built a road through the Northwest Territory to what is today, Wheeling, West Virginia.)
- Proximity with New Concord, Ohio, home of Astronaut and Senator John and Annie Glenn
- National Road Museum
- Author Zane Grey birthplace
- Pottery, the location features source clay material that made Zanesville the pottery capital of the world
Just east of the city is a retail pottery operation called Zanesville Pottery that you can see from the highway and the large lettering on the front of the establishment. The place is a riot to visit and here is a list of reasons why:
- There are always unusual novelty items such as multi colored Adirondacks chairs
- There is a vast inventory of pottery, pots and dishware from many high quality sources
- There is a vast inventory of folksy ceramic items
- There are tasty local jams and jellies
- There is a vast inventory of planters and outdoor sculpture items
- The owner operators are charming, knowledgeable, and helpful
- The owner operators are constantly expanding their sources, which keeps the inventory interesting
See the annotated list for more description and pictures.
The owner-operators are K L and Carolyn Castor.
7395 East Pike, Zanesville, Ohio 43701
1. There are always unusual novelty items such as multi colored Adirondacks chairs
Zanesville Pottery featured a very large Adirondacks chair, but they have a bunch more of regular sized chair in all of the colors shown here in the extra large one.
2. There is a vast inventory of pottery, pots and dishware from many high quality sources
Here,you see some of the pots and planters. There are multiple rooms filled with a variety of inventory. When it comes to choices and ideas, this place is full of them.
3. There is a vast inventory of folksy ceramic items
The owners cater to everyone and accommodate all sorts of tastes. For collectors of birds and animals, there is an endless supply here. Shown is a ceramic rooster, and down the aisle are more chickens and rooster glassware.
4. There are tasty local jams and jellies
The Shrock family is a familiar name in Ohio as members of the Amish community. Some produce furniture and wood crafts, while others make jams and jellies. Zanesville Pottery is a source of some Shrock products.
5. There is a vast inventory of planters and outdoor sculpture items
Outdoors and indoors, there is always a place for functional pottery and ceramic items. The colorful assortment and variety of styles is wide and deep.
6. The owner operators are charming, knowledgeable, and helpful
See the photo of the owners and operators. A few years ago, they turned us on to dishware made in Poland that is shown here. The product has a long history and each time we visit, there are new style introductions as well as a supply to replenish and expand our dishes.
7. The owner operators are constantly expanding their sources, which keeps the inventory interesting
There are peculiar items that are truly fine art. It is hard to draw the line sometimes between art and pottery and ceramics. I am showing a rendition of a crow. There are many artful ceramicists featured here.