Cowan Pottery Museum










Reading Room


1600 Hampton Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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Monday - Thursday:
9am - 9pm

Friday - Saturday:
9am - 6pm

Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
(during the school year)


In the News

"Rocky River Public Library Showcases Cowan pottery"
February 6, 2014
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Cowan Pottery Centennial Open House Draws Hundreds in Rocky River”
August 9, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Rocky River Library Houses Important Cowan Collection
October 31, 2012
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Cowan Pottery Exhibit Shows Progression of Skill”
April 22, 2012
West Life

“High Tech Cowan Pottery Museum Tour Brings History to Life”
March 11, 2012
West Life

"Potter's Works illuminated at Rocky River Public Library" (pdf)
August 4, 2011
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The Cowan Pottery Museum showcases a piece of Rocky River history" (pdf)
May 6, 2011
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"R. Guy Cowan's fascinating legacy featured on WVIZ/PBS "Applause" Ideastream program"
April, 7, 2011,
WVIZ Applause News

"Cowan Pottery's legacy as a Cleveland institution and an art form" (pdf)

Jan.25, 2009,
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Welcome to the Cowan Pottery Museum


Museum Hours:

Monday - Thursday:
9:00a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday - Saturday:
9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.

Sunday: 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. (During the School Year)

Cowan Pottery Timeline

The recently expanded Cowan Pottery Museum is located primarily on the first floor of Rocky River Public Library (renovated in 2006-2007). It features over 1200 pieces of
a distinctive form of American art pottery created by R. Guy Cowan and his associates at the Cowan Pottery Studio in Lakewood, Ohio from 1913-1917, and in Rocky River, Ohio from 1920-1931.

It was one of the nation’s leading potteries during the 1920s, and the Cleveland area’s only major pottery. Cowan Pottery represents a visual cultural heritage unique to Rocky River and Cleveland.

29th Annual Cowan Pottery Symposum

May 4, 2019
Rocky River Public Library Auditorium


Museum Guides

Cowan Pottery Virtual Tour