Sheryl Koch is the daughter of Janice Chesnik, founder of Chesnik Scopes. She is also the sister of Jon Greene, owner of Chesnik Scopes, and Artist-in-Residence of our store. Sheryl and Janice both independently started making kaleidoscopes in 1980, eventually joining forces to form Chesnik-Koch Scopes from 1982 to 1988.
Sheryl’s kaleidoscopes are bold and dynamic. In addition to popularizing the wheel system, she is also credited with originating the double image Gemini kaleidoscope, which produces two focal points in the image. She refers to herself as a visual person, and this love of visual beauty can certainly be seen in the images produced by her kaleidoscopes.
She is a regular instructor in various stained glass and enameling techniques at the John C. Campbell School of Folk Art near her home studio in Brasstown, NC. She is now expanding her creative endeavors to include photographs of flowers and quilt fabrics which she then manipulates digitally to create kaleidoscopic imagery on prints and gift cards.
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