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American Ceramic Society Headquarters

600 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, Ohio 43082 USA

“World's Largest crystal ball!”

Founded in 1898, The American Ceramic Society was formed at a convention of the National Brick Manufacturers’ Association in Pittsburgh, PA. It was there that several attendees banded together to talk about the scientific side of ceramics through a free exchange of ideas and research. Among the original founders were: Elmer Gorton, Samuel Geijsbeek, Albert Bleininger, Edward Orton, Jr., Willard Richardson,Ellis Lovejoy, Gustav Holl, William Gates, and Carl Giessen.  The first Society members worked as teachers, industrialists, engineers, geologists, chemists and artists. The specific interest of these members included china, pottery, structural products, tile, and refractories. Edward Orton, Jr. served as secretary of the Society for 20 years and was the editor of the first nine volumes of the Society’s Ceramic Transactions. During these early years, the Society mirrored the ceramics industry and was truly clay-based with the most common ceramic products being bricks, sewer pipes, tiles, glass, dinnerware and china. The American Ceramic Society played a large role in turning the industry from narrow commercial interests to a broader scientific outlook. The Society has witnessed many changes through the years, however, the core mission has stayed the same; to advance the study, understanding, and use of ceramic and related materials for the benefit of our members and society. Now the society has grown to more than 9,500 members and students with 30 percent of membership being internationally based in more than 60 countries. Today, the Society is providing knowledge and forums to members who are shaping the way we think about materials science. From bricks to cell phones and appliances to space shuttle tiles and green technology, the members of the Society are leading the advancements in ceramic technologies that keep people safe and warm, explore and discover new frontiers and save lives. The American Ceramic Society is proud to be a conduit for these initiatives.

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August 24, 2014

The crystal ball is located inside a secure office space. You'll need to ring the bell in order to be let in. The people working there were super friendly, and happy to have visitors.

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American Ceramic Society Headquarters

600 N. Cleveland Ave.
Westerville, Ohio
43082 USA

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