The Team

Who We Are

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Terri Welch

Owner & CEO

Terri Welch is a Military Brat who grew up moving around the world. When it came time to finally establish roots 25 years ago, Terri chose the NRV for it’s beauty and family friendly atmosphere. She quickly became involved in the community, volunteering for several charitable organizations and she currently serves as the Board President of United Way NRV. In addition, Terri is serving as the VP of Membership of NRV Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association after having previously served as President for the past 2 years, the President Elect, VP of Programming, and VP of Public Relations & Marketing. Terri was recognized by NRV Leading Lights in 2018 and is now serving on their Board of Directors. Terri was awarded the Karen Kronin Volunteer of the Year recognition by United Way NRV in 2019.  She also co-chairs the Business Development Committee for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.  Terri was recognized as the NRV Express Network 2021 Business Woman of the Year.

Terri became the owner of Wine & Design 5 years ago quite by accident. A regular customer of the business, Terri called to book a private pARTy only to find out that the business was shutting down. Before she even realized what she was saying, she exclaimed that she would buy it and keep it open. Against the advice of family and friends, Terri purchased the failing business a short 3 weeks after that conversation and has not looked back. Becoming the owner of Paint N Fun Ceramics was another "Happy Little Accident" and she cannot wait to see it grow!

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Heather Horn

Lead Artist

"Heather Horn was born in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in Southwest Virginia. Being surrounded by this marvelous nature, she developed an innate sense of curiosity and a vivid imagination. She decided to apply these traits through creative pursuits and began exploring the arts while in high school. Heather knew she couldn’t keep this creativity to herself and wanted to share her passion with others, leading her to pursue art education, becoming a high school art teacher, and later going on to complete her Master of Fine Arts degree at Radford University. Heather fell in love with the area, and she knew she wanted to remain in this “neck of the woods” we call the NRV, surrounded by the nature that sparked her passions, and the wonderful people which inhabit it. She has worked for renowned artist P. Buckley Moss at her Blacksburg gallery, taught multiple workshops in various art mediums, and now has stumbled upon the amazing opportunity to work for Paint N Fun Ceramics. Heather is thrilled to be able to serve the community that she loves, and she can’t wait to see the joy and FUN of creating she is able to encourage to all who enters its doors!"

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Sarah Rodden

Ceramic Artist

Somewhere between the moon and the Appalachian Mountains, I was born an artist. Locally raised, I have a bachelor's in Art Education and continuing my education with a master's in Elementary Education at Hollins University. My artistic style is holistic, precise, and unorganized. My preferred art medium is acrylics and embroidery thread. I strive to help others find joy in all art mediums and reach beyond their comfort zones to discover their hidden talents. When I'm not painting, I'm drinking coffee on my front porch with my blue hound dog at my side. I look forward to seeing you in our studio, creating your first of many masterpieces.

Will Sawyer

Master Pottery Instructor

Will W. Sawyer is a master potter who was born in 1989 in Virginia. Will graduated from Radford University with a BFA concentration in ceramics in 2015 and an MFA in 2018. Where he worked primarily on large pedestal pieces. After graduation Will continued to work at and teach as an adjunct professor at Radford University. Will’s teaching experience includes university level courses and advanced ceramic workshops. 

 

Teaching Philosophy

My Teaching Philosophy is heavy on learning from your failures. The reason we fall is to get back up. I believe in being there for the students and helping if they need it. But I want them to try and fail and try again. I feel there is no better way to learn something then from your own mistakes.

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