Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Cohen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Cheryl. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started smashing plates when my children were young, and it was no coincidence! I love being a mom, but saw a smashed plate picture frame (which I later learned was called picassiette) and with trial and error figured out how to make one. My sister later went to Italy and bought pottery that her husband dropped in Logan Airport and she immediately found a mosaic instructor! She made a great mirror that she loved more than the pottery and brought me to class! For me it was love at first class and my eyes were opened to how vast an art mosaics is!
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?
Doing what you love as a career is not for the faint of heart! I love being an art-trepreneur, but some people think that I play all day!
I spend a lot of time on social media getting the word out about classes, going to networking gatherings, organizing exhibits for my students, writing and developing class materials, keeping my website up to date, doing the finances and more! That doesn’t include ordering supplies, searching the internet for good deals, and keeping the studio clean and organized. So my biggest challenge is finding time to make my own art!
I’m blessed that I like doing different parts of the business, however it is quite a juggling act! I always say having a business is like giving birth. You create it, love it, take care of it, worry about it and it is always with you and on your mind!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Cheryl Cohen Mosaics Art Center – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I teach adults and children ages 8 and up to cut glass, glue, grout and more! We do indoor and outdoor mosaics, projects small and large. Beginners start with a coaster, light switch cover or pendants and then can move onto the project of their choice. All my classes are mixed levels so new students can start at any time. No previous art experience is needed to try mosaics! As I always say the glass is so beautiful that even a simple irregular design is beautiful! I walk students through the process step-by-step.
I have Tuesday and Thursday morning classes and Thursday evening classes every week throughout the year, then Ladies’ Night Out (yes, it is BYOB), and Mosaic Saturday once per month. I also have special events including birthday parties, family reunions, holiday parties, and more! Specialty classes from mosaic instructors from all over New England teach classes on specific mosaic techniques. I also teach specialty classes on 3D-mosaics and resin windows.
I am known for having extensive mixed media mosaic supplies and endless creative options, so beginners as well as advanced students are challenged and inspired. I love to “upcycle” and collect sea glass, rocks, shells, beads, vintage jewelry, unusual mosaic bases and more and share these less typical supplies with my students. All these endless supplies are included in the class fee.
People walk into my studio and often say, “This is a happy place!” My dream was to have the feeling of creating with friends and everyone feeling welcome. Lots of laughter fills the room, people tell stories, ask questions, learn about each over and make new friends.
We always go around the room and introduce ourselves so that people who have been coming for years, meet the people coming for just one class. If some of my regulars are away for a while I really miss them. It feels like a family to me which is what I dreamed of.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I want to continue to build my classes, continue to create different types of mosaics to inspire my students, continue to take classes and learn new techniques to teach, apply to more challenging art/craft shows and overall move to the next level!
My 800 square foot studio is the largest teaching mosaic art studio in New England, but amazingly I wish I had more room, so my longer term goal is to have a larger space for more students!
- One class – $42, all material included
- 4 class pack – $140, all material included
- 10 class pack – $325, all material included
- Windows class – $155, includes all materials including the window!
- Address: 360 Woodland Street, Holliston, MA 01746
- Website: www.cherylcohenmosaics.com
- Phone: 508-612-4183
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherylcohenmosaics
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cheryl-Cohen-Mosaics-563179953707250