Sheri Dilley

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Sheri Dilley always wanted to own her own business and when the studio where she went to paint closed, she decided to go for it.

Dilley, a former recruiting manager, opened Outside the Lines Creative Studio - a paint-your-own-pottery studio - in June 2009. And she hasn't looked back.

Customers can paint everything from coffee mugs to dog dishes to picture frames. The studio also offers kids' camps, adult workshops and pottery classes.

"It takes a lot of courage, support, friends, volunteers," Dilley said of opening a business. "It also takes a lot of drive and tenacity because there are a lot of ups and downs."

Dilley loves the opportunity to help people tap into their creative side and being the boss isn't bad either, she said: "I get all the credit and all the blame."

What do you enjoy about watching children in the studio?

How their faces light up when they see the piece that they created. Also, the fact they just want to do what they think of. They don't think of the reasons why it may not work. I love that.

What's the biggest worry that customers have?

It's not going to turn out. I hear that every day. I love the shock and awe they have when they pick it up and see how good it looks.

How often do you create pottery?

Not as much as I would like - a couple times a month. I just finished a Christmas plate for my grandson. As a business owner you're required to do so many other things. I've started to throw on a pottery wheel, which I love.

Why do you offer a project every month for adults and kids?

Everybody wants an outlet to learn something new. This is great way to do it, especially if you like to paint. We try to teach new things every month. It's very hands-on.

What draws people to the studio - do we have a drive to be creative?

Everybody has some (creative drive). Some people are afraid to tap into it. Other people can't help but tap into it.


5236 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard


Hours: 12 -8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 12-5 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Saturday, closed Monday