COSAS is the Spanish word for “things.” The “things” found at COSAS are hand crafted Mexican and Guatemalan art coming directly from the artists. The store does not accept work from sales representatives or mass wholesalers. COSAS offers the widest collection of museum quality Folk Art; accessories; ethnic textiles, hand embroidered clothing including blouses, dresses and huipiles; and jewelry; and David Marsh furniture.
Founders, Bob and Amy Niederhauser opened the shop in 2000 after being avid collectors of Mexican art and fine, hand-made crafts. Since they started collecting art, their philosophy has been to get to know the artists and their work, go to their homes and studios, and meet their families. They now work with many artists from all regions - those who they believe to be the best in their craft. Most every medium is included in the collection. There is a large collection of Mexican ceramics including favorites of Tonala pottery, Michoacan pottery, trees of life, talavera, and several artists from both Oaxaca and Chiapas. Hand crafted wood pieces include Oaxacan wood carvings, saints and virgins, crosses and more. Mexican metal work includes punched tin and unique wrought iron work. The thrill is about the hunt for new and exciting artisans and application of techniques.
This in combination with a love of the traditional Mexican crafts gives COSAS a unique offering. Paintings have been added to the collections at COSAS and through their contacts, they have access to many of the working painters throughout Mexico today. COSAS is about individuality and Bob and Amy search for pieces that tell a story. Their passion for unique art translates into an unforgettable shopping experience. COSAS is a destination. Eclectic furniture (including a wide collection from David Marsh), art and home decoration come together at COSAS providing customers with a distinctive, personalized shopping experience. COSAS guarantees that—if they don’t have it, they’ll look for it. For more information, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website includes pieces that can be comfortably packed safely for shipment. There is an amazing collection of larger, more fragile pieces in the warehouse. Come visit COSAS and meet Bob and Amy in Boerne, Texas, just outside of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. There, you'll be introduced to the many artists that they represent through their work and stories.
When buying folk art, you are buying pieces that have been created one at a time by hand. Flaws are normal and part of the charm of the work. While COSAS will make every effort to pack items as safely as possible, there is no guarantee against breakage.