Ohio Historical Marker for Cowan Property
The Rocky River Historical Society along with the Cowan Pottery Museum Associates is thrilled to announce the installation of an Ohio historical marker at the old Cowan property at 19621 Lake Avenue. The dedication ceremony will take place on Friday, May 13 at 4:00pm. After the dedication, the former Cowan Pottery Showroom will be open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
At this location, the factory, design studio and showroom of Cowan Pottery stood from 1920 until closure in 1931 as a casualty of the Depression. Cowan Pottery played a significant role in the formative years of American ceramic art. The pottery was founded in 1912 by artist and educator R. Guy Cowan.
Under his direction, Cowan Pottery established a national reputation for its uniquely designed home products sold through fine department stores. In addition, Cowan and his design artists were pioneers in the field of ceramic sculpture. Examples of Cowan Pottery are widely collected and are held in museums such as the Smithsonian and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The most comprehensive holdings are in the Cowan Pottery Museum at the Rocky River Public Library.
Jenny Dieringer is Co-President of Rocky River Historical Society.