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By YP Contributor

Painting, Playing and Creating with Ceramics

The Create Shop was opened in October of 2012 by Kori Sandy and her mother Anita as a place for people of all ages to work out their creative instincts and have a great time doing it. They offer all kinds of "clay-play" and painting projects on a drop-in basis or for large groups. When you walk into their shop, it's easy to see what drew Kori and her mother to this fun and creative business. "It's the fun of making ceramics," Kori explains. "And having employees that love what we do. It's easy to demonstrate how exciting it can be. Customers really pick up on that. We help them with any kind of design idea, and it's tons of fun."

It's the fun of making ceramics and having employees that love what we do. - Kori Sandy, Manager
The Create Shop. Ceramics, painting, birthday parties, ladies night, figurine painting

Fresh From the Kiln

While everyone can enjoy the exciting atmosphere of a ceramics painting party, Kori gets to see another amazing part of the process every day. She uses a special oven called a kiln to harden the ceramics after painting and then reveals the finished products to her eager customers. "Opening up the kiln, unloading it, and seeing everything for the first time is great," says Kori. "You don't know what you're going to get when you're opening up that kiln and giving the pieces back to the customers... It's pretty exciting to see their faces, especially little kids who are absolutely thrilled with their little art pieces."

Kori explains how she 'found' her top-notch team at The Create Shop: "I have three staff members. They started out as customers and never left! Seriously, they were helping customers and doing day-to-day activities. For months they were basically just volunteering, they just wouldn't leave," Kori laughs. "They're excited to help you create whatever you can imagine."

The Create Shop. Ceramics, painting, birthday parties, ladies night, figurine painting

Community Ceramics in Maple Ridge

As part of her commitment to making the community a better place, Kori makes sure to give back to the people and businesses of Maple Ridge. "We donate a lot of platters and things to schools for their auctions and the non-profit organizations in downtown Maple Ridge get a percentage off when they come in here," says Kori. "We also participate with the local BIA, the local business association; we often have our meetings in our shop. And we have a lot of birthday parties and parents come in...so we make sure to give them all our local business addresses and try to promote local businesses for catering."

The Create Shop. Ceramics, painting, birthday parties, ladies night, figurine painting
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