Cowan Pottery Museum

Cowan Pottery Museum


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.

The Cowan Pottery Museum 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.

Contact the curator, Greg Hatch directly at 440-895-3763 or email for museum information. Tours are currently not being offered, please refer to for hours and available services.

Upcoming Events

August 3 – August 17 –  Walk through history with our Cowan Pottery Timeline!
Stop by and walk the front lawn sidewalk while learning the history of the Cowan Pottery Studio and the Cowan Pottery Museum.

August 12 – River Dog Food Truck!
Grab dinner from the River Dog Food Truck! Check the library’s calendar for a pre-order link in the days before the event. Walk-up orders are also welcome.

August 17 – Launching our first online exhibitions!
View two new exhibitions of items from our archives.
Cowan Style: The Photos that Sold Cowan Pottery
The Studio on Lake: Cowan Pottery Studio in Rocky River

Coming Soon!