The Cowan Pottery Museum has a new resource Cowan Activities @Home. Go to https://rrpl.org/cowan-activities/ to find past Crafting with the Curator instructions and inspiration guides, as well as the Cowan Pottery coloring book pages. Make sure to check back as we will be adding more resources in the future!
I thought this week I would highlight some of the craft and ceramic research resources across the state and the nation. These are a great place to explore the history of ceramics and see how our museum’s Cowan Pottery collection are part of a long legacy of craft and art.
More than 150 current subscriptions and 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals and newsletters
More than 3,000 files on individual artists containing unique photographs, slides, correspondence, and other ephemera
Council archives (1941 – present), including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956 – 1990)
Archives of the World Crafts Council (1964 – present)
Archives of the Craft Students League of New York (1932 – 2005)
Ohio Craft Museum, located just a few hours drive away, currently has their exhibitions online for people to enjoy. You will find high resolution photos of the objects from the artists and an exhibition catalog. Their Facebook page has interviews with artists who are included in their shows.
The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY is an institution with a Cowan Pottery connection. R. Guy Cowan moved to Syracuse after the studio closed its doors and worked as the chief designer for the Syracuse ChinaCompany. Their permanent collection holds works from many Cowan Pottery Studio artists. Many of these acquisitions were from the museum’s long running Ceramic National Exhibition. You can explore their archives,virtual exhibitions, and downloadable activities for kids and families. You can also enjoy lectures from with their Curator of Ceramics Garth Johnson.