Grindley Pottery Exhibition

by Kelly Choate on January 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

A rare pottery collection is on display at the Zanesville Museum of Art.

The Grindley Artware Manufacturing Company was born in 1932 in the basement of the Grindley family home in Sebring, Ohio. Arthur King Grindley, who started the company, was born with clay in his blood, as his father worked at a major pottery center in England.  Museum Director Susan Talbot-Stanaway said Grindley made figural pottery for 20 years.

"We have 104 pieces of pottery from the very early kinds of pieces in the 1930s that are carriages with horses, a Cinderella figurative that’s about three feet long, lots of dogs, lots of horses, lots of funny things, lots of gorgeous art deco dancers in the show," said Talbot-Stanaway.

All of the works are on loan from a local collector.  Because the pottery industry played such an influential role in the history of Zanesville, Talbot-Stanaway said she tries to include a variety of pottery shows that aren’t as well-known to museum visitors.

"Pottery is a very important part of our collection, and we have over 3,000 pieces," said Talbot-Stanaway.  "It’s the heritage of the community, and Grindley was part of that whole pottery industry in eastern and southeastern Ohio."

The exhibition closes on March 17th.  For more information, you can visit