Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Michael Cohen

Handmade Stoneware Tiles from Pelham

Michael Cohen has been a professional studio potter since 1961, making functional stoneware tableware and ceramic sculptures. In 1997, Cohen created a line of tiles that became so popular that he had to stop making his other pottery and devote himself to making only tiles. Michael and his son, Josh Cohen, work together in their Pelham, Massachusetts studio to create the copper blue glazed tiles, sponge holders and spoon rests that remain perennial favorites, even after 15 years.

Cohen’s Blue Tiles feature a crackled-glass stamp in the center with 24 different designs. Some designs come and go while others have become perennial best sellers. Cohen says he enjoys creating the new stamp designs the most. He explains, “For each new stamp in the line there are 6 that don't make the cut. Stamps are usually made in several versions until they look just right.”

Handmade and ready to hang, the tiles are 5.75” square and .25” thick. Sponge holders are 3” wide and 1.5” high. If you love what you see here or have any questions, please call Pinch at 413-586-4509 or email info@pinchgallery.com.