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Meeting Highlights & Program


May 2011


Pat and Bill presented a fabulous program on her Cowan Pottery.  She displayed two tables of treasures that were representative of her almost 25 years of collecting.  Pat started attending HOAGC club meetings in 1982, though she had not settled on what all she wanted to collect.  At the time, Bill regularly recorded the PBS show, Kovels on Collecting, for Pat and in 1987 she saw a segment on Cowan Pottery that intrigued her.  A few days later she found a console bowl at a flea market that she quickly identified as Cowan and she was hooked!
Cowan Pottery was founded by Guy Cowan and incorporated in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1912.  Guy Cowan was a leading figure in the Cleveland School of artists.  After a break during World War I, Cowan Pottery moved to Rocky River (also in Ohio) to take advantage of better clay conditions.  It reopened in 1919 and survived until the Great Depression.  The factory closed in 1931.  Early Cowan marks were pressed into the pottery; later ones were stamped on.  During its brief tenure it was an artistic leader with exquisite designs, forms, and glazes.  Cowan Pottery is highly prized today.  Cowan Pottery won major artistic awards in 1924, 1925, and 1926.  Viktor Schreckengost worked with Cowan Pottery to create the famous Jazz Bowl for Eleanor Roosevelt.  After filing for bankruptcy in 1931, the remainders from the factory were acquired and sold by the Bradley Department Store.
Pat is partial to the figural flower frogs, though she cannot decide on a favorite.  She showed a number of these gorgeous ladies as well as an assortment of vases, bowls, candleholders, and occasional pieces.  The glazes are masterful and the colors were forward thinking yet timeless.  The pieces that Pat displayed included a variety of artistic influences, from delicate Chinese porcelain bowls to earthy Arts and Crafts consoles, and on to fantastic Art Deco vases and those dancing figures.  The two tables were a feast for the eyes.
Club members came away with a newfound appreciation for the artistry, technique, and skill that came together briefly at Cowan Pottery.




Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.



Silverplate jewelry handcrafted by a club member from vintage forks and spoon.
Imperial Glass clear #282 8-inch banana dish (#28260).
Cambridge crystal Rose Point quarter pound butter dish.
Akro Agate Orange Slag Daffodil Vase, made between 1911 and 1951.
Tiffin black/amethyst Poppies vase.
Cordials from several factories:
  • Clear draped nude (manufacturer unknown)
  • Cambridge clear Rose Point #3121 with gold trim
  • Tiffin clear Majesty stem with Arullo cutting
  • Cambridge Moonlight Blue Caprice
  • Duncan Miller red Grenada
Westmoreland Glass 1940 amethyst ruffled jelly dish, iridized and with a satin finish.
Imperial Glass white Grape vase.