Michael Cohn — Glass Artist

Michael Cohn

Michael Cohn, glass artist Cohn-Stone Studios Tools of a glass blower Michael Cohn with Giant Glass Apple, Cohn-Stone Studios

For as long as I can recall, I have made things with my hands. It is what I do. It is one of my primary forms of expression. I am also completely fascinated by fire — by its incredible power to destroy as well as to create. It is appropriate then, that I have devoted the greater part of my life to the creation of objects of glass (or primarily glass).

The act of glass making is elemental — it involves earth, air, fire and water. It is a series of choreographed steps — a fiery fluid dance frozen in motion. Even after working so closely with this material for so many years, I am still amazed that a pile of what appears to be basically sand can be shoveled into the furnace and the next day can be transformed into essentially anything ones imagination, skill and strength will allow. Physics, alchemy and magic each play a part in the process.

I am inspired by the purity of the classical forms and the beauty and diversity of the natural world, as well as by the ingenuity and functionality of machinery. I derive equal satisfaction in the creation of high quality decorative and/or sculptural glasswork as well as in the design and construction of the furnaces, ovens and other equipment which make the work possible.


  • University of California, Berkeley BFA 1971
  • Long Beach City College, CA
  • Pilchuck Glass School, WA


  • California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
  • Pilchuck Glass School, WA
  • San Francisco State University, CA
  • National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman’s Fellowship 1977 & 1984

Selected Collections

  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
  • Oakland Museum, CA
  • Corning Museum of Glass, NY
  • Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Huntington Museum, WVA
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
  • Toledo Museum of Art, OH
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • Kestner Museum, Hanover, Germany
  • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  • Musee de Design et d’Arts Appliques/Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, CA
  • J P Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FA
  • Hokkaido Museum of Art, Sapporo, Japan

Selected Exhibitions

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
  • Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden, CA
  • Fresno Art Museum, CA
  • Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
  • The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
  • American Embassy Moscow, Russia
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
  • California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Yamaha Corporation, Japan
  • Owens Illinois Corporate Gallery, Toledo, OH
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  • American Crafts Museum, NY
  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Corning Museum of Glass, NY
  • Tampa Museum of Art, FL
  • San Jose Museum of Art, CA
  • Oakland Museum, CA
  • Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany