–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: Sept 17, 2019
Sandy Bourland and her daughter Sarah Best recently acquired Peace Love and Pottery, located at 6750 Sylvania Ave. in the Timberstone Commons retail center.
The mother-daughter team plan to continue the tradition started by the studio founder and artist, Julianne Reinhart, who also worked with her mother, Carol Sanford. “Julianne is a good friend and my next door neighbor,” Bourland reported. “Sarah and I love what Julianne created here and we are so excited to be carrying on her dream for the studio. While she loved starting the studio, she is ready to concentrate on her own art projects. She said that she was very happy for us and that there was no one she would rather have buy the business than us.”
Borland added, “Julianne will be available to help with classes here, as well.”
The new owners have added several innovative touches including the paint bar where clients can easily and efficiently get their palettes filled with the paints of their choosing. The studio hours have also been extended and it is now open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm; Friday from 1 to 9 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm. Walk-in clients are encouraged and an extensive selection of bisqueware is available. “We have houseware, giftware, seasonal items and so much more,” Best stated. “And, if there is something someone wants that we don’t have we can order it and have it here in a day or two.”
Adults and children can select one of the many pieces of pottery and create a design of their own. There are even idea books to help get projects started. Silkscreens, stamps, sponges, a die-cutting machine and many other tools are available to use for the design process. Participants can also choose from a large selection of paints available. Once the design is completed, a final glaze is added before it is fired in the studio kiln. The finished piece, which is nontoxic, food- and dishwasher-safe, will be ready for pick-up in one week.
In addition to the array of pre-fired bisque ware that is available for participants to finish, Bourland and Best plan to add a series of classes, including wet clay classes on the wheel and slab along with bottle slumping. “We want to also hold art camps here next summer,” Bourland suggested.
With seating for 44, along with a separate party room seating up to 12, the studio is available for birthday parties, baby or wedding showers, girls’ nights out, scout groups, corporate parties and more. “We plan to start a coffee pot-tery mug club as well,” Best said.
“Oh, we have so many ideas and we can’t wait to start implementing them,” her mother added. “This is so much fun!”
It was earlier in the summer that Best saw a Facebook post that the studio was for sale. “I called my mom and said ‘We should do this!’ She was riding on a motorcycle and said I had to talk to my dad,” Best remembered. “His comment was ‘If it doesn’t make money, it doesn’t make sense!’ But when we all looked into this business, we agreed that it was a great fit for us.”
Best remembered that her mother’s retirement plans after 35 years of teaching were to throw pots and live on the water.
“I know that she was interested in pottery and I really didn’t want her to move away,” Best chuckled.
“I do have to do something artistic evey day and I do love to teach,” Bourland reflected. “And I have a pool in my backyard so I really do have my retirement dream.”