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Downtown Chandler studio helps aspiring artists

Downtown Chandler studio helps aspiring artists
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By Staci Hauk
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A downtown Chandler studio is sparking creativity that perfectly aligns with its vibrant and eclectic neighbors.

Burst of Butterflies has become a staple in the ever-evolving area, bringing a family feel and an array of options in pottery and canvas painting, glass and pottery throwing.

What sets this studio apart from others in the arena is the knowledgeable staff’s passion to help others express themselves through different artistic media.

“The idea of Burst of Butterflies began after my aunt was in a motorcycle accident and was left with a traumatic brain injury, explained co-owner Lucas Tisland.

“Our family had to endure a lot of change, which led us to create a space that would not only serve as a creative outlet for her during her recovery, but also for a small ‘up and coming’ community that we loved so much in Downtown Chandler.”

Tisland and his mother Cheryl currently own and operate the location, often being hands-on with guests and giving advice and ideas.

Their focus is that each guest – whether a regular or a first timer – becomes a part of the family when they come in.

The colorful showroom and party area make for immediate eye candy and serve as a place of fun and relaxation for ongoing projects as well as a date night or family outing.

“When our guests show up at our doors for the first time, we want to impart that family feel, and our employees are a big part of that. The more someone visits our store, the deeper our relationship with them becomes, because we spend time with them as they get their art on,” Tisland said

From birthday parties to corporate events and school fundraisers to walk-in visits and special classes,

Burst of Butterflies has managed to survive the pandemic.

Tisland explained that within the studio, the state-mandated shutdown of most businesses earlier this year offered a time to revamp and refresh.

He painted the interior and redesigned the studio’s look and feel in order to keep employees at work even when the doors needed to shut for a while.

He also launched two new online based companies that would be integrated with Burst of Butterflies and extend their reach to new communities far beyond Chandler.

Throw and Fire is an online ceramic supply store and Flutter Box is an art subscription box. Both are intended to give anyone the opportunity to start or continue art projects in their own homes during these difficult times.

With summer camp being a large part of Burst of Butterflies’ operation, the challenge of the pandemic meant switching gears in this realm as well.

“Our company acted quickly in providing safe-at-home options for anyone wanting to participate in our summer camps,” Tisland said. “Children who were signed up for summer camp via Zoom were provided with a to-go art box that provided all the materials needed for one of our many themed camps.

“When camps began, we not only had an instructor teaching kids in the studio but we also had a separate instructor teaching kids on Zoom.”

While regular classes with social distancing are possible, Burst of Butterflies will be hosting classes on Zoom as well. Their on-the-go pottery packs and canvas packs are available for at-home projects or holiday gifts.

Tisland is confident that Downtown Chandler will continue to heal from the affects of COVID-19 and is grateful for the community support.

He knows that virtual lessons and camps will be a great enhancement to their in-studio opportunities and noted that they have helped him and his students see progress and focus on that one-on-one time.

“For about two to three years now, I have been teaching wheel throwing with clay to a very motivated and talented young lady,” he said. “She was only 7 when I began teaching her. Within those few years, we expanded her talents and created many different pottery pieces that served homage to her accomplishments in clay.

“When COVID hit, continuing her lessons became seemingly impossible. As a response, I worked with her mom and delivered a wheel to their doorstep so that we could continue our lessons on Zoom.”

He said he coordinated dates and times and “jumped on Zoom for multiple classes.”

Using his new to-go pottery system, her also got the girl’s creations fired and glazed so she could hold onto her finished masterpieces.

“Getting to see what she has been creating at home is one of the best parts of going to work,” he added.

Information: 141 W. Boston St., Chandler; 480-559-8016 or burstofbutterflies.com.

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