Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacki Cohen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jacki. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Originally, I started as an admirer of glass art. I would purchase glass art on vacations, at art fairs, and galleries. I have always been fairly artistic and started taking art classes to explore my talent, classes in watercolors, drawing, etc. and nothing felt quite right. I discovered a not for credit stained class through a local community college and registered for the class. I learned how to cut the glass, how to use the tools and fell in love with handling the medium. The stained glass end product felt too restrictive for my personal taste. The studio offered a fused glass class. That was a match made in heaven, I knew right then and there my passion has been discovered and ignited. I started as a fused glass hobbyist and took local classes a few times a month. That progressed to classes one a week, then bi-weekly classes for many years. In 2009, I incorporated to be able to start selling my glass professionally. Without my own studio and kiln, I honestly could not call myself a true glass artist and could not be very productive. Without a kiln, you are a glass cutter and designer. A true glass artist must figure out the firing schedules, and physics to manipulate the glass in the kiln to achieve your desired result. In 2014, I built my own studio complete with power tools, and a large kiln. I know work full time as a fused glass artist. I am as passionate about my art now as when I started. I love what I do and feel fortunate that I am able to have my vocation as my advocation.
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?
I think all passions worth pursuing have obstacles along the way. My biggest obstacle is that I am a self-taught artist, therefore must figure out tools to learn my craft and how to run my business. Every year I set new artistic and business goals for myself. I take classes from master artists, subscribe to online webinars and books to learn new, more advanced techniques. Confidence and trial and error in my studio, coupled with intensive notes also assist in achieving the next level of my work. I graduated Arizona State University with a marketing degree from the business college, which has been a benefit for the business portion of my art. Although marketing techniques from my graduating year have progressed by light-years, some of the same principles still apply. To succeed as an artist today, in addition to being a talented artist and producing good art, you must be a smart business person. You must be organized, take initiative, and continually learn–both in art and business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in fused glass home decor. My signature work is primarily bright, abstract, colorful, and contemporary. My works have many facets. I have a large body of creations that appeal to a large demographic. I make bowls, plates, and vessels to be used as functional and/or decorative pieces. My pieces can be used to serve food and entertain or to be used as display. I create custom glass drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. This is of the most cost-effective ways to modernize and customize any kitchen, bathroom, office or furniture. I make custom wall panel installations for home and office. These wall panels can be a single piece or a multi panel installation. My largest installation to date is an 11 piece public art installation. I offer a huge Judaica collection for contemporary Jewish ritual objects.
What makes me unique, I am a local Phoenician living here since 1971. I was not officially educated in the arts. I followed my passion, stayed in the state that I love and am making my dreams come true. I am a true people person. I love meeting and working with my clients.
What were you like growing up?
I grew up in the valley of the sun. I went to Madison Simis elementary school, Central High School, and Arizona State University. Growing up in state 48, my family continually explored this great state when we were young. When I was a child, my family road tripped and experienced the variety of treasures Arizona has to offer. From hiking in Sedona (still one of my favorite things to do) to visiting Bisbee and Jerome. As a child, I loved family trips, traveling, swimming, arts, culture, and socializing with my friends. Ironically, I am still very similar. I have continued the tradition of touring Arizona with my children when they were younger (now in their 20″s). I regularly attend ASU football, Cardinals football, Diamondbacks sporting events, the traveling Broadway play series at Gammage, trying local restaurants, and socializing with friends, my husband and I travel frequently. I am an avid hiker, enjoying our valley mountains multiple times a week. Piestwa peak and Pinnacle Peak are my regular go-to hikes. I have always been an outgoing and social person, always on the go. My family and friends are the most important to me, I make a conscious effort to stay connected and involved. My faith is also a huge part of my life and my community.
- I have entry level small items starting at $25 to allow everyone to collect a piece of Jacki Cohen Glass Art Designs
- Website: www.JackiCohenGlassArtDesigns.com
- Phone: 4805106356
- Email: email@example.com
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