The mission of the Clay Center of Ohio, formerly the National Ceramic Museum and Heritage Center, is “to create, share and preserve experiences through clay.”

In addition to being rich farmland, the deep veins of clay and coal in the area surrounding Crooksville and Roseville allowed for the creation of thriving pottery and coal mining industries in decades past.

According to Bob Frame’s book, “What Is There To Write About In Perry County?,” the communities of Roseville and Crooksville were known as The Pottery Center of the World. The Clay Center’s exhibits include pottery created in southeastern Ohio with early functional ware, art pottery and contemporary manufactured pieces represented.

At the Clay Center of Ohio, you can learn more about the legacy of pottery in the Crooksville and Roseville area. The Pottery Museum is open by appointment. Call (740) 343-8066.

Visitors are welcome anytime to enjoy hiking and birding on the property.

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