Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Coppi.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was a waitress who went to art school at night in Boston, it was so expensive so I looked for an apprenticeship. I found one at the Emerson Umbrella in Concord, MA. My teacher was amazing and while I worked in the studio each day he would take the time to teach me pottery. I was there for 3 years before he moved to Korea to study pottery and I took over his job… I was there for 12 years teaching and throwing pots, fast forward, I moved to Portland Maine opens up a studio and was there for about 10 years. Now, I live on a farm in Hollis Maine and I have a solar powers studio and my pottery has morphed I to mosaics as well household pots… still here and loving it!!!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not a smooth rd as far as money, it’s really hard to make a living on your artwork and I am not the best at social media and advertising myself. So, I supplement my income with a waitressing job and I teach a lot of classes… as for being a woman, never give up your dream but get something to balance your money so you aren’t stressed about bills, trade if you can and get out there no matter what… it’s so true that it’s who you know not what you know…
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Earth & Soul story. Tell us more about the business.
So, for the past 5-7 years, I have been doing large scale mosaics in homes, mostly showers and backsplashes, it’s amazing to have a blank wall and make it beautiful with the tiles I make. I am so very lucky to get the clients I do, they give me what they like then I create their space, it gets me making tiles I wouldn’t normally, there aren’t many mosaic artists that make their own tile, so maybe that’s my uniqueness.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
My students and friends are amazing they help me out on the social media side and help me network. My classes are so fun, it’s like going out but instead, we just make pottery and chat during the night. Or day away!
- Address: 168 Bonny Eagle Rd Hollis, Maine 04042
- Website: Www.earthandsoulpottery.com
- Phone: 207-727-7814
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