Becky Pickles is in the business of memories. She opened her new make-it-yourself pottery shop downtown Sherman in July. Pickles said this shop was “always something that (was) in the back of my mind.”
It’s called Pickles & Pottery — Pickles for her family name, pottery for her choice of craft. Nestled between a tailor shop and a salon at 212 W. Houston St., Pickles & Pottery is a place for people to paint a pottery keepsake. A person may walk in, pick a piece of ceramic and be attended to by paint waitresses who will provide paints, advice, inspiration and “do everything that you need to end up with a really great piece that you’re happy with,” explained Pickles.
Pickles said she chose pottery for its ease and functionality. “Even if it’s not the prettiest thing you’ve ever made. You can still use it and it speaks to the memories you’ve made,” said Pickles.
Ms. Pickles worked in a Houston marketing firm before she made the decision to move back to her hometown of Pottsboro. She said she felt she was ready to come home, however she couldn’t bring her marketing job along so she decided to go for her dream. “I’ve always wanted to work in a creative fashion,” Pickles said. She said the store is the result of the right timing and opportunity.
Adding her business to the growing number of businesses in downtown Sherman, Pickles was attracted by the hometown feel. She said the environment is more casual, something she couldn’t find in a strip mall environment. “Plus rent is cheap,” Pickles joked.
The building housing her business is at least 100 years old. All the brick is original. Pickles designed her business with whimsicality in mind, painting some of the walls a pale purple, adding yellow stripes and green accents. The ceramics mimic the whimsicality, though they all start out white; a customer can find owls, unicorns, gnomes and jaunty teapots among the variety lining the shelves made of galvanized pipes. So far she has hired several employees who are being trained in the art of stoneware bisque, earthenware bisque, ceramic painting, kiln firing and even glass fusing — a safe and simple craft that uses shattered glass to create colorful items such as jewelry, card holders, coasters, nightlights and memorabilia.
Pickles said that is her greatest hope: that her customers will create something they will love to remember. She said she hopes children will come with adults but also she plans to have special days of the week dedicated to friends and date nights. There is even a BYOB policy in the plan.
“It’s so easy painting something like stencils, stamps. … It’s really simple to make something that looks pretty good. Some of the best pieces are the ones that are not perfect and … show your own artistic ability,” said Pickles.
Becky shares her dream with her mother, Debbie Pickles who is co-owner. There is a Facebook page and a website: picklesandpottery.com. In the future Becky Pickles said she envisions creating a mail order system and opening several more stores but for now she sticks with creating memories for her customers.
“I have a lot of really good memories doing art activities,” said Becky Pickles. “Hopefully this will be a place where people come in with their family or friends and make similar memories.”