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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Cowan Pottery Museum Features On the News!
Greg Hatch speaks with Hollie Strano about our Cowan Pottery Museum and upcoming programs.
- Featured On: Good Company, WKYC Channel 3
- Aired: Monday, March 27
Stop by for a day full of Cowan Inspired programming and chat with Ceramic Artist, Craig Clifford!
- Featured Artist: Craig Clifford
- Date: Saturday, April 15, 9 am to 4 pm,
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
Current Exhibit: Fruit of the Jewels: Iridescent and Luster Glazes Through the Years
Check out our beautiful Cowan Exhibit
- Located in the Cowan Alcove on the First Floor in the Grand Reading Room
Cowan 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