I’m very creative with words and design, but hand me a paintbrush or a pencil and I’m lost. I can’t paint or draw myself out of a box and I bet a lot of you feel the same way. That’s why we need companies like Katie Fuerst Art.
Katie brings out your inner creative being. Even if you think there isn’t one lurking there, she’ll find it!
“So many times I hear people say they don’t have a creative bone in their body,” Katie said. “Ok, that may be true but, I can take even the most type-A perfectionist into the realm of ‘Look what I made!'”
“I’m so excited to offer a service and products that help people create keepsakes that are well-made and will last forever. These are creations they will want to display for years to come, whether it’s a birth plate with the tiny footprints of their baby or something they painted at 22,” Katie said. “These are things that have meaning, that will hold pride of place whether in your own home or as a gift.”
What inspired you to start Katie Fuerst Art?
A: After college, knowing I had to be in the arts and not having a clue what to do, I went to work for a paint-your-own-pottery place in 1997 that is not in business any longer. A woman came in one day and asked if we would do a remote party. She wanted to have a party for her daughter but not in our party room. The owner said no, so when she walked away, I said yes to that woman! I got her phone number, called my husband, who also said yes, and gave my two-weeks notice, bought a kiln, and was off and running! All my business in the first few years was a result of word of mouth from that first party! Back then I called it Fuerst Editions. It seemed clever at the time if you knew my last name but if not, it looked like a typo. Live and learn!
What’s your art background?
A: I was always the gal whose classmates would ask to make their ‘Brenda for student council’ posters. I actually got suspended in the 6th-grade for making signs to support my friend who has scheduled a fist-fight off school property. They were quite dynamic! I recall creating signs that said ‘Get Him, Robert!’ But anyway, I was never interested or skilled at anything else, so I just concentrated, from a very young age, on artistic endeavors I had a very non-linear path in college. I graduated with a BFA in art history from The University of North Texas in 1992. My dad and uncle ran a large antique business for decades, and I absolutely loved styling the company rooms and walls. My father’s side of the family are all very creative, so they were huge influences on me.
Were you the crafty mom when raising kids?
A: Absolutely! Just as I lean on friends for other types of help like numbers and logistics, I loved all the art projects. Oh, boy, did I have a blast with three senior teas last spring! I could plan those 24/7.
What do you find people most like about your events?
A: I did one recently with frequent collaborators, the Dallasites 101. It was at Westlake Brewing Company with 45 plus people, some of them on first dates, just relaxing and painting. Some didn’t need much from me but a squirt of color on their plate, but others wanted to achieve a specific look. I loved helping them break down designs into manageable steps. Nothing gives me more joy than helping someone with a blank stare! After we work out a plan, they marvel at what they achieved! I love that!
How would you like to see your business grow?
A: You know, that’s a hard question to answer. I just want to continue to show people their creative side through events, private parties, and home parties. Now with the present situation, we are doing take-home kits! I bring all the supplies for a ceramic paint event at your home. Then I bring all the ceramics back to my studio to clear fire and I deliver them back to the venue or client.
In these challenging times, how are you moving ahead creatively?
Katie: Right now, I’m focusing on the take-home kits. We are doing delivery and pick up in Preston Hollow at the moment. I love to stay engaged and this is a great activity for friends, and especially children. We are trying to meet the needs of folks in a way that works right now. Our Easter egg kits, for instance, are extremely popular. I’m looking forward to the moment we are able to meet in larger groups again and can’t wait to get back to those big events and parties. But for now, we will drop off what you need and that will keep you and your kids not only learning about art but highly entertained!
Find Katie on Instagram @katiefuerstart