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.

Contact the curator, Greg Hatch directly at 440-895-3763 or email for museum information. Tours are currently not being offered, please refer to the  COVID-19 Library Services page for available services.

Upcoming Events

ATTENTION Call for Artists ARTIST!

Rocky River Public Library and the Cowan Pottery Museum are looking for artists to help us kick-off our summer 2021 Chalk the Walk!

Chalk the Walk is a free, family-friendly event in early June where participants share their artwork on the sidewalks surrounding the Library. RRPL is looking for artists to create a feature piece of art on a 6’x 6′ section of sidewalk prior to the event.

Selected artists will submit a proposal for their chalk design that will be approved by library staff prior to the event. Artists will be supplied chalk for the project and have one day to complete the project.

The selected artists will receive a $100 honorarium at the completion of the project. The artists will be selected by members of the RRPL staff and will be notified by March 15. This call is open to all artists 18 years and older.

Submission Deadline: March 7, 2021, 11:59 pm 

How to Submit:
To be considered, please email five (jpeg) examples of your work to with the subject line “Chalk the Walk”.

Questions? Please contact us at

HistoryTALKS: Lectures on Ohio Arts, Culture, and History

Monday, March 29, 2021
The Golden Age of Shopping

A speaker from the Western Reserve Historical Society will share the history of Cleveland’s retailers- from small grocers to giant palaces like Higbee’s, The May Company, and Halle Brothers who sold Cowan Pottery in the Studio’s heyday. Learn more about companies that grew with the city and came to define Cleveland fashion and shopping for decades. → Register

Crafting with the Curator Kit-Paint by Numbers Viktor Schreckengost Plate

Pick up the week of April 05, All Ages

Discover the work and career of Cowan Pottery Studio artist Viktor Schreckengost. This paint by numbers art activity will inspire you to learn more about Schreckengost’s artistic legacy. → Register

Cowan Pottery Museum Exhibits

On View Now!

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

Address:
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Contact: Greg Hatch, Curator/Historian
(440) 895-3763 or email

Museum Hours:

Mon-Thur: 9 am – 9 pm
Fri- Sat: 9 am. – 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5pm
(During the school year)