Cowan Pottery Museum

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 cowan@rrpl.org for museum information. Tours are currently not being offered, please refer to https://rrpl.org/curbside-pick-up/ for hours and available services.

Upcoming Events

HistoryTALKS: Lectures on Ohio Arts, Culture, and History

  • HistoryTALKS: INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF CLEVELAND
    Monday, October 5, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Professor David Bernatowicz will provide a narrative history of the various industries that developed in the Cleveland area from 1940 to the end of the 20th century. – Register here 

     

  • HistoryTALKS: THREADS IN THE TAPESTRY: A HISTORY OF THE CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART
    Monday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Mark Bassett will discuss key figures and events that have shaped the Cleveland Institute of Art since 1882. – Register here


CRAFTING WITH THE CURATOR KIT: LUSTERS AND COWAN

Pick up the week of November 9, All Ages

Learn while you make! Each kit comes with a handout on how Cowan Pottery Studios used metallic and luster glazes along with directions and supplies to make your own metallic luster art piece.  – Register here

 

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 Exhibition

Coloring Pages For Kids

Cowan Coloring Page - Bird on Wave

Print & Color ″Bird on Wave″

Cowan Coloring pages - Elephant by Margaret Postgate

Print & Color ″Elephant″

Cowan Coloring Pages - Fawn

Print & Color ″Fawn″

Cowan Coloring Pages - Globular Vase

Print & Color ″Globular Vase″

Cowan Coloring Pages - Teapot

Print & Color ″Teapot″

Cowan Coloring Pages - Logan Vase

Print & Color ″Logan Vase″