Cowan Pottery Museum

History

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.

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→ Enter the Cowan Pottery Museum Online  Collection

What’s New?

The Works of Thelma Frazier Winter Exhibit

New Exhibit: The Works of Thelma Frazier Winter

Check out our new Cowan Exhibit

  • Beginning with Cowan and continuing until the 1960s, see objects from many stages of the artist’s career. Located on the 1st Floor.
  • Loan Courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.
  • Date: February to December 2023

The Results are in! Our three winners are:
Kevin C., Audra C., and Karolina R.

  • Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all our participants!

→ View All Submissions


New Exhibit: Fruit of the Jewels: Iridescent and Luster Glazes Through the Years

Check out our new Cowan Exhibit

  • Located in the Cowan Alcove on the First Floor in the Grand Reading Room
  • Date: April 1 to December 17

→ Preview Exhibit


Cowan Museum ExhibitCowan Pottery Museum Exhibits On Display!

Two virtual exhibitions of items from our archives:

  • Cowan Style: The Photos that Sold Cowan Pottery
  • The Studio on Lake: Cowan Pottery Studio in Rocky River

→ Visit the Cowan Pottery  Museum Exhibit

 

Cowan Museum

Museum Hours:

Mon-Thur: 9 am – 9 pm
Fri- Sat: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm