Westerville, Ohio: World's Largest Crystal Ball - GoneA majestic orb, in the not-so-majestic office lobby of the American Ceramics Society.
- The American Ceramic Society, N. Cleveland Ave.
- May 2010: Reported removed from public view.
Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Crystal Ball - Gone
Crystal ball has been removed because too many people were stopping by to look at it. Boo.[Laura, 05/29/2010]
Crystal Ball is in the new office space of the American Ceramics Society. It's immediately on the right as you enter the lobby of their second floor office space. You will need to visit during business hours to see the ball as it is not visible from the outside. Staff was very friendly![Rick Johnson, 01/05/2009]
The Ross C. Purdy Museum of Ceramics is closed but the World's Largest Crystal Ball is visible through the window (through the blinds) just to the right of the front entrance.[Mick McGuire, 06/16/2005]
This small museum, located within the headquarters of the American Ceramics Society, indeed does feature the world's largest crystal ball, along with lots of other ceramics memorabilia. Local students (myself included) visit the museum in elementary school for a guided tour and lecture on the exciting world of ceramics! Also in the museum are some of the ceramic tiles that compose the underbelly of the space shuttle and, if I remember correctly, Presidential china. My school group also saw a demonstration of how the "trains of the future" will work -- ceramic plates on the bottoms of the trains will somehow levitate the train over tracks composed of rivers of liquid nitrogen.[Ryan Lintelman, 07/28/2004]
A 700-pound "world's largest crystal ball" is at the Ross C. Purdy Museum of Ceramics in Westerville, Ohio, near Columbus.[Anne Bernstein, 10/04/1997]
This report is in from Kim Bumgardner in the field: "I tried to find the Ross C. Purdy Museum of Ceramics in Westerville, Ohio. No one in town had ever heard of it. On a hunch, I studied the phone book for Westerville, and found a listing for the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers. The museum is located inside this office building. (Of course, after I had driven 200 miles to find it, the whole office building was closed!)"