We learned recently that Molly Stone and Michael Cohn of Cohn-Stone Studios will no longer be creating their magical glass pumpkins. For over ten years, we have worked with Molly and Michael to create annual collections of these masterful pieces for Artful Home.
I am sure I will find something else to do in March, but there will be a gaping hole in my calendar that I can already anticipate. That hole will be my annual visit to the studio of Molly Stone and Michael Cohn in order to work with them on the following Fall’s collection of glass pumpkins. It’s an extraordinary experience, a visual extravaganza with masterful precision at its core.
From the moment I enter the studio, I always feel like I have entered another magical land. I am surrounded by dozens and dozens and hundreds of pieces of art glass: pumpkins in many sizes and colors, oversized fruit, vases, leaves, one of a kind birds. The abundance and exuberance fills the gallery room and the showroom, then snakes outside to the lush garden Molly has cultivated and filled with a mixture of live plants, glass fantasies, and whimsical creations.
And yet, yet, there is such a great degree of order and precision necessary to create these amazing and larger than life pieces. Molly is the master of color, mixing and blending to achieve rich, saturated colors — colors which she and Michael are able to reproduce again and again. Michael blows and shapes the pieces, and watching him bring a blob of molten glass into the form of a perfected pumpkin or peach is incredible. He works and works on a shape until he knows he has achieved a technique which will be perfect, elegant, sturdy, and beautiful.
I shall miss these visits, miss these pumpkins, and know I will not be the only one missing them come next year. Nonetheless, I am equally excited to see what Michael and Molly work on next.