Under the Horizon is an art studio with a purpose. The Christian based, community-minded pottery and art studio specializes in all things creative and inspires creativity for a healthy and fulfilling life. The studio offers weekly group lessons in different art mediums, pottery painting, summer camps and community ministry efforts among many other offerings.
Business: Under the Horizon Pottery and Arts Studio Location: 2650 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, Pa. Years in Business: 8 years Owner: Cathy Lerew Number of Employees: 3 Sector of Business in the Community: Services
Owner Cathy Lerew has always wanted to be a potter and was very much encouraged to do so growing up. She had always felt compelled to open a pottery and arts studio. After she went to business school and got MBA, opening a studio became less of a dream and more of a real possibility. While Under the Horizon official opened in 2010 and was stationed out of Cathy’s home, it wasn’t until 2011 when they moved to the current building on Biglerville Road.
“I wanted to make pottery, but more importantly, I wanted to make an effect on children’s lives. So, I started teaching children’s classes,” said Cathy.
Under the Horizon offers pottery, painting, stained glass and many other art medium workshops for all levels.
Under the Horizon brings in visitors from all over to take their workshops, whether that's visitors from just up the road in Gettysburg, or people who have driven as far as Delaware. The art studio is just one example of how businesses, now matter how far out in Adams County they are, still contribute to the local tourism industry.
In addition to art classes and workshops, Under the Horizon offers many community outreach and ministry programs such as Children’s Bereavement Art Group, Blessing Boxes and The Gathering Pot. While everything Under the Horizon does is faith-based at the core, the experience they offer is far from a church service in a pottery studio.
“We use our talents to serve, either directly or indirectly. You might come in here and never hear the word of God, but you’ll feel the love through the work or activity,” said Cathy.
The business side of Under the Horizon is quite unique as it’s a for-profit ministry focused operation.
“It’s weird how we are able to work…We are a self-feeding machine and everything we do goes right back into we can continue to do the work. I haven’t seen the need to go the non-profit route right now,” said Cathy. “The sales pay for what we want to do, but we are more concerned about how we can affect the community and those who come in rather than necessarily what products go out.”
Because it’s a community-oriented business, the community continues to support Under the Horizon. Cathy says people see the work they do and want to be a part of it either directly through volunteering, or indirectly by making donations.
Due to the nature of the studio, Under the Horizon is unlike any other studio in the area.
“I think we are completely different, not in a competitive sense or anything, because our first purpose is to serve before we art. I love working with clay and making pieces that have purposes beyond themselves. We have been able to make urns for quite a few people, and prayer bowls. These pieces have a purpose that are going to be a family heirloom,” said Cathy.
Looking ahead, Cathy and her team hope to quadruple in size and partner with more non-profits and churches in the area in a few years. They are starting to see a lot more visitors coming from out of state or from Gettysburg to take a class in the studio. “The impact of tourism is definitely increasing. We are starting to work on more Gettysburg focused activities and tourism type pieces to bring those visitors out here,” said Cathy. “We want to make an impression on anyone who comes in here that’s not from the area. We want them to leave and say, ‘Wow, Gettysburg is amazing.’”