Vintage Abe Cohn Ceramic Vase
After serving in WWII, Abe Cohn, a visionary and pioneer, opened his first studio in Milwaukee in 1953, The Potter’s Wheel, and married his wife Ginka in 1954. In the summer of 1956, they established the first pottery studio in Fish Creek, laying the foundation for Door County to become a renowned destination for potters and pottery fans alike. Following a fire in 1975, the Milwaukee branch of The Potter’s Wheel found a new home in an old warehouse shared by the Milwaukee School of Art and Design. After years of maintaining both locations, founding the seminal Door County Potter’s Guild in 1976, and spending solely summers in Fish Creek, Abe and Ginka moved there in 1994, making the Door Peninsula their permanent home.
Along the way, he received several awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1958) and a Smithsonian Institute Purchase Award for its 7th Annual Exhibition of Ceramic Art (1961). In 1964, Abe was granted the first one-man show by a craftsman at the new Memorial Art Center in Milwaukee – the precursor to the Milwaukee Art Museum, which has several pieces of Abe’s in its permanent collection. In 2010, Abe received the Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
This fascinating vase is approximately 7" high and 4" diameter and was crafted in the 60's. It is etched "Acohn" on the bottom.