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2014

BOX FESTIVAL OF TREES

The Cowan Christmas Tree is on display again for this year’s Festival of Trees in the lobby of the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland now through December 30.

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BOX COWAN POTTERY SYMPOSIUM

The 24th annual Cowan Pottery Symposium was held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Open to all who are interested in Cowan Pottery, local history, antiques and collecting, and the arts in general, this all-day event is presented by the Library, the Museum, and the Cowan Pottery Museum Associates (CPMA) for the purpose of providing networking opportunities and stimulating interest in Cowan Pottery, a significant part of Northeast Ohio’s cultural heritage. 

This year's Symposium featured a full weekend of events.  On Friday, May 2, we carpooled to the Canton Museum of Art to view the exhibition “Waylande Gregory:  Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse.”  The traditional Symposium took place on Saturday May 3 and our speakers included Larry Waldman, art historian, speaking on his research for the well-received exhibition “Pioneering Modernism:  Post-Impressionism in Cleveland, 1908-1913 (notice how those dates coincide with R. Guy Cowan’s early period in Cleveland);” William Brouillard, faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art, speaking on his project with CIA students to build an outdoor wood kiln; and Dr. Tom Folk, author, curator, and art historian speaking on the early ceramics of Waylande Gregory with a special emphasis on his Cowan works.  Dr. Folk curated the exhibit on Waylande Gregory at the Canton Museum of Art.  Copies of the catalog on both the Post-Impressionism and Waylande Gregory exhibitions were available for purchase at the Symposium.

The Symposium also included a “Show and Share” session, a catered lunch, and the Cowan Pottery Associates’ scholarship presentation to two Cleveland Institute of Art ceramics students.   Cost for the Symposium was only $22.  A number of attendees also joined us for an evening dinner offsite at Burntwood Tavern in Rocky River for an extra charge. The reservation deadline is April 25, 2014. Click here to view the 2014 Symposium flyer.  The day after the Symposium, on Sunday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m., the Cowan Pottery Museum Associates and Belhorn Auctions sponsored an auction of Cowan Pottery at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.  We expect to hold another live auction after next year's Symposium. You will be able to find details about these and other events on the Museum’s website (www.rrpl.org/cowan) or the Associates’ website (www.cowanpottery.org), or visit the Cowan Associates on Facebook.

 

2013

BOX COWAN CENTENNIAL CHRISTMAS TREE - DECEMBER

The 9-foot Cowan Pottery Centennial Christmas Tree was on display during the month of December in the lobby of the Allen Theatre on Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.  After a three-year hiatus the Cleveland Play House again sponsored its Festival of Trees for the entire Cleveland area community.  The Festival featured many lovely trees decorated by area businesses and community organizations.

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BOX 85th ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE AT ROCKY RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY - NOVEMBER 24, 2013 

This event, open to all, celebrated the conclusion of the Cowan Pottery Centennial, the 35th anniversary of the Cowan Pottery Museum, and the 85th anniversary of Rocky River Public Library! In fact, November 24 is the exact 85th birthday of the Library!  Also included in the festivities was an unveiling of a special memorial plaque in the Cowan Alcove off the Grand Reading Room that honored the pivotal role of second Rocky River Public Library director, George Scherma, in establishing the Cowan Pottery Museum.  His vision and leadership put the Museum on firm footing.  Mr. Scherma passed on in 2000, but happily seven members of his family were able to attend this gala event.  See photos here.

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BOX SEVENTH ANNUAL COWAN CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

Our 7th annual festival of films from the era when Cowan Pottery was first popular (during the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s), included the following selections on the 4th Mondays of September, October, & November:

September 23:  Monkey Business* (1931), zany comedy starring the Marx Brothers and Thelma Todd.

October 28: Watch on the Rhine (1943), wartime drama with Bette Davis and Paul Lukas that is based on a Lillian Hellman play adapted by Dashiell Hammett.

November 25: Hollywood Singing and Dancing: the 1930s, documentary with lots of Hollywood stars from the 1930s.

All films were shown at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Auditorium along with fresh, hot popcorn.  In the set of the first film we noted a rarely seen piece of Cowan Pottery (Jacobson’s Cogwheel Bookends)!  To see a flyer about this Film Festival click here.

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Cowan’s appearances in movies of this era are probably due to the fact that a dealer in Los Angeles sold Cowan Pottery in his showroom. Click Here to find an updated list of movies with Cowan Pottery. The starred films in the following list of all Festival films have pieces of Cowan in the sets, and most are available in the library's DVD collection. If you have suggestions for future film festivals please contact the Curator/Historian at 440-895-3763.

Films Featured in Past Festivals:

2013

  • Monkey Business,* The Marx Brothers
  • Watch on the Rhine, Bette Davis & Paul Lukas
  • Hollywood Singing and Dancing: the 1930s (documentary)

2012

  • Hollywood Singing & Dancing: the 1920s (documentary)
  • The Broadway Melody 1929, Anita Page & Charles King
  • Blonde Venus, Marlene Dietrich & Cary Grant

2011

  • Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin, and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (documentary)
  • Johnny Eager*, Robert Taylor & Lana Turner
  • She Done Him Wrong, Mae West & Cary Grant

2010

  • Theodora Goes Wild*, Irene Dunn & Melvyn Douglas
  • Three on a Match, Joan Blondell & Bette Davis
  •  Footlight Parade, James Cagney & Dick Powell

2009

  • Chickens Come Home and Blockheads*, Laurel & Hardy
  • Night Nurse, Barbara Stanwyck & Clark Gable,
  • Three Smart Girls*, Deanna Durbin & Ray Milland

2008

  •  Next Time We Love,* Jimmy Stewart
  • 42nd Street, Ruby Keeler & Dick Powell
  • The Woman in the Window*, Edward G. Robinson & Joan Bennett

2007

  • The Divorcee*, Norma Shearer
  • Gold Diggers of 1933, Ruby Keeler & Dick Powell
  • Baby Face, Barbara Stanwyck

 

BOXCOWAN POTTERY CENTENNIAL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2013 was the climax of the Cowan Pottery Centennial celebration.  We paid tribute to this distinctive form of American art pottery made right here in Rocky River with an open house event on the grounds of the former Cowan Pottery Studio, 19621 Lake Road, Rocky River (between Cravings Café & Inner Bliss Yoga Studio).  This was a one-time chance to step into the re-created Cowan Display Room and view how it might have looked in the 1920s and early 1930s.  Hundreds of people attended this event in perfect weather.  A large tent on the lawn featured photo displays and a Cowan Pottery Sale that sold about 200 pieces; Jazz Age music was provided by the local ensemble, “The Brassy Five;” an oversize Jazz Bowl was available for photo opportunities; and even R. Guy Cowan (aka his grandson, Bill Cowan) was there!  It was a memorable afternoon  Click here to see and print out a flyer about the event.  Click on the following links to read press coverage: 

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BOX 2013 ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR

The annual Antiques Appraisal Fair, co-sponsored by Rocky River Public Library and Cowan Pottery Museum and the City of Rocky River, took place on Sunday afternoon, July 14, at the Don Umerley Civic Center on the Rocky River City Hall campus at Hilliard & Wagar.  As usual, this was part of the annual community celebration, “Rocky River Days,” which ran from July 13-14.   Our panel of expert appraisers included Julie Breznai (Julie Breznai, Inc.), Rachel Davis (Rachel Davis Fine Arts), Paul Fusco (Fusco Auctions), Tom Jerbpak (Ye Olde Oaken Bucket), Michael Kodysz (Rachel Davis Fine Arts), and Bill Tregoning (Tregoning & Co.).

To print out a flyer about this event, click here.

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BOX 2013 COWAN POTTERY SYMPOSIUM

The 23rd annual Cowan Pottery Symposium took place on Saturday, May 4, 2013, and about 45 Cowan, history, antiques and arts lovers attended. We picked up on the 2012 Symposium’s theme on the early days of Cowan Pottery in Lakewood with Mark Bassett, art historian and Cleveland Institute of Art faculty member, who continued the story of Cowan Pottery by delving into its Rocky River days and its place in the arts world in general.  Sue Maynard, Cowan Pottery Museum Associates member, spoke in the afternoon on her voluminous research on Cowan Pottery as perceived in ads and news stories of the day. Rebecca McFarland, local librarian and historian and our last speaker, entertained and enlightened us with a presentation on Eliot Ness and his wife, Cowan Potter Elizabeth Andersen.

The Symposium also included a Show and Share session, a catered lunch, and the Cowan Pottery Associates’ scholarship presentation to Cleveland Institute of Art ceramics student, Lynsey Moseman.   Our ever-exciting RAFFLE this year featured 11 items.  Cost for the Symposium was only $22.  About half of the attendees went to an evening dinner at Houlihan’s (for an extra charge).  Here is the link to the 2013 Symposium Flyer.  Contact the curator, Carol Jacobs, at (440) 895-3763 or c.jacobs@rrpl.org if you have questions about next year’s Symposium, which will be on Saturday May 3, 2014.  The 2014 Symposium will feature ceramics professor William Brouillard speaking on the wood-fired kiln project that he and his students at CIA have been working on, art historian Larry Waldman  discussing his curating of two recent exhibits on the Kokoon Klub and Cleveland’s Post-Impressionists artists who pioneered Modernist techniques and themes in the early 20th century, and art historian Dr. Tom Folk sharing his recent research and publications on Cowan artist Waylande Gregory.

The day after the Symposium, on Sunday afternoon May 5, 2013 the Cowan Pottery Museum Associates and Belhorn Auctions sponsored a live auction of American Art Pottery (featuring Cowan Pottery!) held at the Don Umerley Civic Center.  The event was successful and will probably be held after next year’s Symposium.   

The dedication of an Ohio Historical Marker on the site of the first Cowan Pottery in Lakewood has been postponed until later this year.  Watch for further updates on this website, or the Associates’ website (www.cowanpottery.org), or visit the Cowan Pottery Associates on Facebook.

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BOXSPRING 2013 ART STUDY GROUP

Rocky River Public Library's Adult Department and the Cowan Pottery Museum partnered again with the Cleveland Museum of Art in presenting an Art Study Group. The Spring 2013 Art Study Group focused on CMA’s special exhibition, “The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection” (February 24 – July 7, 2013). This exhibition explores Pompeii in the modern imagination and how artists since the 1700s have portrayed the ancient city and the disaster in their works.
There is no charge for the Art Study Groups and you are free to attend one, two, or all three programs. Click here to view the Spring 2013 Art Study Group flyer. This was our schedule:

  • Sunday, March 3, “Setting the Stage” in our Library’s Auditorium at 2:00 p.m., features a program on the exhibition presented by Dale Hilton, CMA’s Director of Teaching & Learning.
  • Wednesday, March 27, “Exploring the Sources” at the CMA’s Ingalls Library at 6:30 p.m., includes a presentation on the exhibition’s sources AND a tour of the Pompeii exhibition (only this program on 3/27 requires registration – contact Carol Jacobs at 440-895-3763, or c.jacobs@rrpl.org). 
  • Sunday, April 14, “Capturing the Era” in our Library’s Auditorium at 2:00 p.m., continues the exhibition’s theme by showing two short films relating to Pompeii:
    • Pompeii: The Last Day, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.  This BBC docudrama is narrated by F. Murray Abraham and one of the actors is Jim Carter who plays Carson the Butler on Downton Abbey.
    • Herculaneum Uncovered, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The second film concerns Pompeii’s sister city, which also suffered drastic affects from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This documentary, from the PBS series “Secrets of the Dead,” is narrated by actor Liev Schreiber. You are welcome to stay for both films or just one.

You still have time to visit the Pompeii exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art - through July 7!  Learn how an ancient catastrophe became a modern obsession!  Watch for news of the next Art Study Group. 

 

2012

BOXCENTENNIAL CHRISTMAS TREE

This year’s Cowan Centennial Christmas Tree is on display at the Rocky River Senior Center through the end of December during regular business hours.  If you cannot see it in person, check out the photos below.

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BOX SIXTH ANNUAL COWAN CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

We continued the theme of 1920s American art that was addressed in the summer 2012 Art Study Group and carried it into the late 1920s and early 1930s with three films on the fourth Mondays of September, October and November. The new start time of 6:30 p.m. appeared to be successful. Click here to view a printable flyer about the Film Festival.The three films shown in 2012 were:

September 24: Hollywood Singing & Dancing: the 1920s, a documentary on Hollywood’s musical history and the transformation to films with sound during the decade of the Jazz Age.

October 22: The Broadway Melody 1929 with Anita Page, Charles King, and Bessie Love. This movie was MGM's first all-talking picture, and it was the first sound film to win the Oscar’s Best Picture award.

November 26: Blonde Venus (1932, drama) with Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, and Cary Grant. Marlene Dietrich can’t decide which life is really hers—wife & mother, or nightclub singer. 

 

BOXART STUDY GROUP PRESENTED BY COWAN POTTERY MUSEUM AND THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, AUGUST 22, 29, SEPTEMBER 12

The Cowan Pottery Museum cooperated with the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art to present an Art Study Group that coincided with CMA’s special exhibit this past summer, “Youth & Beauty: Art of the American Twenties”. Click here for the printable flyer. Click here (http://bit.ly/LsB5LM) to see a Plain Dealer article about this important exhibit. The Art Study Group presented by RRPL and CMA involved 3 program dates:

  • August 22 at RRPL, 7:00 p.m., “Setting the Stage - Youth & Beauty of the American Twenties” (Bethany Corriveau of CMA’s education department will introduce us to this fascinating exhibit that explores various art forms of the Roaring Twenties). No reservations necessary.
  • August 29 at CMA‘s Ingalls Library, 6:30 p.m., “Exploring the Sources” (program on research sources for American art, examples of Cowan owned by CMA, & American art gallery tour) - reservations necessary – contact the Cowan Pottery Museum, 440-895-3763 or c.jacobs@rrpl.org.
  • September 12 at RRPL, 6:30 p.m., “Capturing the Era” (silent film of the 1920s, IT with Clara Bow, with keyboard accompaniment and discussion by silent film expert Joseph Rubin). No reservations necessary.
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BOX COWAN AT ROCKY RIVER DAYS, JULY 14-15

Lolley the Trolley Tours:
On Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, the usual Rocky River history tours on Lolley the Trolley included an expanded component about the history of Cowan Pottery. Amongst the other historical sites, three Cowan sites were visited - the Cowan property on Lake Road, the Cowan Pottery Museum, and the Cowan Family plot at Lakewood Park Cemetery on Detroit Rd.  in western Rocky River.  Cowan Pottery was well integrated into the history of Rocky River that weekend!

Cowan Pottery Centennial Collectors Sale:
On Sunday July 15, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the Don Umerley Civic Center in the Community Room, local collectors and members of the Cowan Pottery Museum Associates held a highly successful sale featuring Cowan Pottery, later works of Cowan artists, and works from other Ohio potteries.

5th Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair:
On Sunday July 15, from 1:00 – 3:00, at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Memorial Hall, Rocky River Public Library & Cowan Pottery Museum again partnered with the City of Rocky River to presented the fifth annual Antiques Appraisal Fair.  The rain and hot weather did not stop the crowds from coming and obtaining free informal appraisals of family treasures from a panel of four expert appraisers.  We saw a huge variety of treasures such as antique furniture, decorative bird cages, toys, books,  a Civil War medal, scrimshaw, and even a hankie from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair! Click here to see an informational flyer about both the Appraisal Fair and the Cowan Collectors Sale.  View photos from the Appraisal Fair below.

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BOX 22nd ANNUAL COWAN POTTERY SYMPOSIUM


This year’s Cowan Pottery Symposium attracted a larger crowd than usual.  Thus the Cowan Pottery Centennial was ushered in with style and flourish.  Three fantastic speakers highlighted Cowan Pottery and placed it in various contexts:  Mark Bassett, historian and faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art, spoke on Cowan in Lakewood; Lauren Hansgen, Director of the Cleveland Artist Foundation, spoke on WPA art in Cleveland; and Mick Beyer, President of the Twentieth Century Society USA, enlightened us on the 2017 World Congress on Art Deco to be held in Cleveland.  The Cowan Associates awarded scholarships to two CIA ceramics students, Marcus Brathwaite and Christopher Phillips.  About half of the group had dinner at the Market in Rocky River, and then walked down to the Cowan property on Lake Road to view recent improvements made to the old showroom.  To see the informational flyer for the 2012 Symposium, click here.

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2011

BOX COWAN CHRISTMAS TREE AND DISPLAY OF COWAN'S WINTER COLORS

Cowan Xmas TreeRocky River Public Library opened in 1928, at the same time that Cowan Pottery approached its height of popularity. These two local developments occurred within the larger context of the period known as the Roaring Twenties, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Jazz Age. Viktor Schreckengost captured the spirit of this time in his iconic Jazz Bowl, which may be seen in the Cowan Alcove off the Grand Reading Room.

The 2011 Cowan Christmas Tree was meant to evoke this long ago era of optimism, innocence and enthusiasm. In years past, a larger version of this tree appeared in the Cleveland Play House’s Festival of Trees in its former location at E. 85th Street. In December 2011, it came home to Rocky River Public Library and Cowan Pottery Museum. Its specific location was in the small alcove next to the elevator on the first floor (near the restrooms). Across the way was the Library’s community display case with a beautiful display of White House Christmas Tree ornaments. The lights of the Cowan Christmas Tree were visible through the window of the alcove, as you entered the Library.  

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In addition, the seasonal Cowan display case located in the Grand Reading Room has a display of Cowan Pottery’s winter colors. It will remain through mid-March 2012. Click here to read more about the pieces in that display.

BOX 2011 COWAN CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

Our 5th annual festival of films from the era when Cowan was first popular (during the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s), took place in the fall of 2011 on the 4th Mondays of September, October, & November.  At the showing of She Done Him Wrong in November, we learned that a woman in the audience had an aunt who made corsets for Mae West!  When asked if her aunt had just sent the corsets to Ms. West, she replied, “Oh no, my aunt fitted Mae West!”  If that woman would contact Carol Jacobs (440-895-3763) it would be greatly appreciated.  Or, if anyone in the audience for that film on November 28 knows who that woman was, please contact Carol Jacobs.  We’d love to get the full story! 

A few classic films used Cowan Pottery in their sets, probably due to the fact that a dealer in Los Angeles sold Cowan Pottery. Click Here to find an updated list of movies with Cowan Pottery. The starred films in the following list have pieces of Cowan in the sets, and most are available in the library's DVD collection. If you have suggestions for future film festivals please contact Curator Carol Jacobs(c.jacobs@rrpl.org).

Films Featured in Past Festivals:

2011

  • Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin, and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (documentary)
  • Johnny Eager*, Robert Taylor & Lana Turner
  • She Done Him Wrong, Mae West & Cary Grant

2010

  • Theodora Goes Wild*, Irene Dunn & Melvyn Douglas
  • Three on a Match, Joan Blondell & Bette Davis
  • Footlight Parade, James Cagney & Dick Powell

2009

  • Chickens Come Home and Blockheads*, Laurel & Hardy
  • Night Nurse, Barbara Stanwyck & Clark Gable,
  • Three Smart Girls*, Deanna Durbin & Ray Milland

2008

  • Next Time We Love,* Jimmy Stewart
  • 42nd Street, Ruby Keeler & Dick Powell
  • The Woman in the Window*, Edward G. Robinson & Joan Bennett

2007

  • The Divorcee*, Norma Shearer
  • Gold Diggers of 1933, Ruby Keeler & Dick Powell
  • Baby Face, Barbara Stanwyck

 

BOX ANNUAL ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR

Antiques Appraisal FairThe 2011  Antiques Appraisal Fair, sponsored by the Library/Museum and the City of Rocky River, took place on Sunday, July 10 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center at Hilliard & Wagar in Rocky River.  We had seven wonderful expert appraisers this year:  Julie Breznai (Patten & Breznai), Cynthia Colling & Laura Sherman (Aspire Auctions, Inc.), Rachel Davis (Rachel Davis Fine Arts), Paul Fusco (Fusco Auctions), Michael Kodysz (fine arts consultant), and Bill Tregoning (Tregoning & Co.).  Slightly over 400 people attended this year, and once again, we had our current library director (Nick Cronin) and past library director (John Lonsak) cheerfully assisting.  One of the more valuable items that came through was a charming wooden wagon valued at approximately $4,000!

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BOX21st ANNUAL COWAN POTTERY SYMPOSIUM

The 21st annual Cowan Pottery Symposium is now history, and by all accounts it was a successful day.  Even though we had some last-minute speaker changes, all presentations were excellent.  Craig Bara and Lynn Kennedy from the Viktor Schreckengost Memorial Foundation showed slides and discussed plans for the new Schreckengost Museum, which is to open this summer.  Rob Gerrity, a local collector, presented his reSymposiumsearch on Cowan’s crystalline glazes.  A new exhibit on the first floor is related to this topic and will be up until mid-July.  Matt Sandwisch discussed his latest research about his great-grandfather, Cleveland sculptor Steven Rebeck, who knew R. Guy Cowan.  The Cowan Pottery Associates’ 2011 R. Guy Cowan Scholarship was awarded to Cleveland Institute of Art ceramics student, Emily Giuliano.  Emily, and professor Judith Salomon, exhibited and discussed her work with Symposium attendees. 

For a look at the Symposium flyer, click here

 

BOXAFFORDABLE COWAN POTTERY SALE

The Affordable Cowan Pottery Sale on Sunday, April 10, 2011 was a runaway success!  By 1:00 p.m. when the library opened and the sale began, the line was out to the street.  Within 24 minutes, all 450 items were off the tables and sold to about 116 people.  This sale was run by the Cowan Pottery Museum Associates, and was co-sponsored by Rocky River Public Library and Cowan Pottery Museum.  None of the Museum’s collection was sold.  All items came from a longtime collector who dispersed his collection. The net profit was $10,022.18, which will go into the Associates’ Museum Fund.

 

BOX IMPORTANT GUESTS - FEBRUARY 2011
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For the third year, the Cowan Pottery Museum hosted Mrs. Meredith Muccio's 4th grade gifted class from Kensington School in Rocky River. 

This year’s group was large - 18 students!  They spent the morning touring and discussing the Cowan Pottery Museum, and visiting the Museum’s storage room.    The students were able to handle some pieces of pottery and examine primary source materials from the Museum’s archives.  They finished off the morning by having lunch in the Community Room while hearing the story of a real-life potter in 19th century America.  The photo to the right shows the students in front of the Library on this bright, icy day.

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