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.


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→ Enter the Cowan Pottery Museum Online  Collection

What’s New?

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

See what our patrons submitted for our first ever bookmark art contest:

  • In the summer of 2021, RRPL hosted its first-ever Bookmark Art Contest. View the winners!

→ Visit the Bookmark Art gallery



Cowan Museum

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 – 5 pm