The American Art Pottery Gallery

The ZMA’s outstanding collection of American Art Pottery illustrates this region’s significant contribution to the American Arts and Crafts movement.  Zanesville and neighboring towns capitalized on their rich natural resources to develop a thriving ceramics manufacturing base during the 19th- and early 20th-centuries.  Abundant clay deposits provided the material for an array of manufactured and handmade ceramic objects while the natural waterways offered a way to transport the goods to major American cities. The unique, colorful, and innovative wares on display at the ZMA capture the desire of an emerging middle-class to collect ceramics.