“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rocky River in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Cowan Pottery

Cowan Pottery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
1. Cowan Pottery Marker
Inscription.  With work inspired by mythology. literature, religion, and nature, Cowan Pottery played a significant role in the formative years of American ceramic art and established a national following with products sold in fine department stores. The design studio, factory, and showroom of Cowan Pottery stood here from 1920-1931. R. Guy Cowan moved the business to Rocky River from Lakewood, where it started 1913. Although Cowan Pottery closed during the Depression, the firm’s work is still collected and can be found in the Smithsonian, Cleveland Museum of Art, and other museums. Comprehensive holdings are in the Cowan Pottery Museum at the Rocky River Public Library.
Erected 2015 by the Rocky River Historical Society, Cowan Pottery Museum Associates, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 125-18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
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41° 29.012′ N, 81° 50.37′ W. Marker is in Rocky River, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Lake Road (U.S. 6) east of Linda Street, on the right when traveling east. Eastbound, Lake Road becomes Clifton Boulevard (Ohio Route 2) at the next intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19621 Lake Rd W, Rocky River OH 44116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Detroit Avenue Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Colonel John Bradstreet's Disaster (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rockport Cemetery of Pioneer Days (approx. 2.2 miles away); Oldest Stone House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lakewood Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Clague Family Homestead (approx. 2˝ miles away); Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland (approx. 2.6 miles away); Astronaut Robert Franklyn Overmyer (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky River.
Also see . . .  Cowan Pottery Museum. “This interactive and informational site is intended for use by the general public, educational institutions, art museums, American art pottery collectors, and pottery dealers. In addition to illustrating the history and work of Cowan Pottery Studio, the site serves as a source of information on the many activities and programs presented and supported by Cowan Pottery Museum Associates.” (Submitted on May 25, 2019.)
Cowan Pottery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
2. Cowan Pottery Marker
The Former Cowan Pottery Show Room image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
3. The Former Cowan Pottery Show Room
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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