Cheryl Stevens was ready to take on a new project after closing her Sault Ste. Marie gift shop of eleven years. With her Art degree in hand and an old ceramic kiln in her backyard shed. Cheryl decided to combine her passion with her business experience and opened Cheryl Stevens Studio. "Retail was in my blood, and I had an innate desire to make and create. So I just went with my gut and decided to pursue this business," states Cheryl. Cheryl's ceramic creations started gaining popularity, inspiring her to travel to local art shows on weekends. She soon realized a niche market. Over the past decade, Cheryl has traveled to art shows throughout the United States, selling her work. Starting in 2016, she began offering her artwork in stores across the country. Cheryl Stevens Studio has significantly impacted her community: she has hired a team of seven women local to Sault Ste. Marie to work on producing her designs. In doing so, Cheryl provides a place in her community where women can have respectable careers doing good work.