Roy Cohen Handmade kaleidosocpes

My Story

Hello! my name is Roy Cohen, I am an artist and i make Kaleidoscopes for the last 30 years.

Since childhood I was fascinated by bold colors, the light that would pass through them and symmetric geometry. At the age of six, I was already painting mandalas on glass and various symmetric forms all in bold and vibrant colors.

I was also mesmerized by the sea. I loved diving into the depth of the Red Sea, swimming through the coral reefs and watching exotic fish swim by. It was the same passion. These were some of the most beautiful scenes I had ever witnessed.

Growing up, I became a photographer in the IDF Spokesman’s Unit, after three years in the army I started to study architecture. During my studies I learned in depth how to use mirrors , reflections and light in design.

A short time after, on my first attempt to create a kaleidoscope I realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. This was the starting point of my career, and my mission became to make sure that others would be able to share and experience this beauty. I made every effort to create affordable kaleidoscopes, accessible to everyone, and these I sell at an Arts and Crafts market in Tel Aviv. I also sought to experiment and let my imagination run wild and have made large, special kaleidoscopes that were exhibited in museums.



The Studio

My studio is situated in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, which is an oasis on the banks of the Dead Sea in southern Israel. I live close to nature, where i have a lot of inspiration to create my kaleidoscopes.
The studio is my kingdom where I can fly and dive. This is where I research and experiment with materials , working techniques, color ranges and combinations, and the endless possibilities and combinations. Everyday I discover and learn something new. The materials that I work with are brass, glass, resin and silicon. In the last two years, during my experiments with fluorescent colors and the effect of UV lighting, I arrived at creating new types of unique kaleidoscope parts in an endless assortment of shapes and colors the such of which have never been seen before.



A glimpse to my work

To create certain kaleidoscope parts, I use a beloved and old 65-year-old lathe 

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