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Holiday tables on display at Museum of Ceramics

Anita Beatty won Best of Show  with her “Enchanted Christmas” entry in the Museum of Ceramic’s tablescaping contest. (Submitted photo)

Anita Beatty won Best of Show with her “Enchanted Christmas” entry in the Museum of Ceramic’s tablescaping contest. (Submitted photo)


EAST LIVERPOOL — Anita Beatty won “Best of Show” for her entry “Enchanted Christmas” in The Holiday Table, the Museum of Ceramics’ tablescaping contest.

“Tablescaping” is described as “an artistic arrangement of items on a table.” Contestants were asked to decorate a card table with meal settings for one to four guests using dinnerware from local potteries.

One of 17 entries, Beatty’s table features a 4-foot feather tree adorned with handcrafted ornaments. The dinner ware is Homer Laughlin’s Virginia Rose. Also displayed is a gold-plated tea set, a wedding present from the International Brotherhood of Operative Potters in 1965.

Additional winning entries were Megan Hernandez’s “Happy 2018” for Most Creative (Hall China) and Kathy Duncan’s “Tribute,” a fourth of July picnic setting, for Most Fun/Whimsical (Homer Laughlin).

Most Artistic went to Jennifer Bryan for “Sweet Rewards” (Hall); Heather Morris’s entry “Longenberger Formal” won Best Pottery Display (Hall); Kathy Hyatt Smith won Best Holiday Display for “Victorian Holiday” (Taylor, Smith, Taylor); and Cindy Hoffrichter’s “Holiday Anticipation” (Homer Laughlin) won Judges Discretionary Award.

Other entries include a display, created by the East Liverpool/Calcutta Garden Club, of the dinnerware made and used by the C. C. Thompson family. Dorothy Broadbent and Dottie Orlo stated they couldn’t decide on one theme so they included three tables: an Ohio State theme, Christmas theme, and one for a festive Fiesta Luncheon. Merle Russo chose to set an Easter luncheon and Debbie Harrington created a romantic Valentine’s setting with T.S. T’s Versatile. Pete and Bridgette Perry also used T.S. T ware to set a charming table. A rustic woodland setting showcasing Homer Laughlin’s October Leaves was entered by John and Suzanne Mercer. In another entry called “Let Them Eat Cake,” a five piece cake set by Harker Pottery featured a large fake cake with candles.

Visitors to the Museum may vote for their favorite table and the winner will receive a People’s Choice Award after the show.

A good time to vote would be 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2, when the admission fee is reduced to $1 as part of the city’s “Christmas Festival.” Free hot chocolate and a 20 percent off sale on handcrafted pottery jewelry also available throughout that day.

Tables will remain on display until Dec. 8.

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