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?

Rocky River Public Library and the Cowan Pottery Museum are looking for a speaker for our 2023 Cowan Symposium on April 15th.

  • The selected artists will receive a $300 honorarium for speaking at the Symposium and exhibiting their work.
  • Submission Deadline: October 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm

→ View How to Apply and Submission Details


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!
  • Physical prints of winning designs available throughout the library, (while supplies last.)

→ 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