Meet The Team

  • Cheryl Tisland
    Cheryl Tisland

    Founder & Owner – Industrial Artist specializing in
    Fused Glass, bottle art, and jewelry.

  • Peggy Peters
    Peggy Peters

    Founder & Owner – Specializing in canvas
    painting.

  • Risa Buglio
    Risa Buglio Customer Service

    TBI Survivor, Daughter of Peggy, Sister of Cheryl and Aunt to Lucas, Risa is an integral member of the team and the reason Burst Of Butterflies was born.

    Risa paints canvas samples, calls guests when pottery is ready, helps with studio organization and supply lists, and much more.

  • Lucas Tisland
    Lucas Tisland General Manager

    Lucas is the son of owner Cheryl Tisland and the General Manager of Burst Of Butterflies Art Studios.  Although Lucas spends most of his time working on the operations the studios, he is also one of our talented clay wheel throwing instructors.

    Lucas brings nine years of clay knowledge and expertise into the classroom understanding that anyone with a desire to learn can pick up wheel throwing. He provides a meditative and existential perspective on the world of clay and believes failure is the foundation from which we build in fact saying “there is no greater teacher than failure”. Throughout the class, Lucas focuses on the technical skill advancement of any and all experience levels and is certainly not afraid to add his quick witted humor into the mix.

    Team Member Since April 2014

  • Doug Fortner
    Doug Fortner Studio Maintenance

    Between studio maintenance, landscaping, repairs and overall improvements, my number one priority is making sure the studio looks great and functions well for all our amazing customers!

    I moved here from Georgia, 3 years ago. Some of my interests & hobbies include listening to multiple genres of music/ watching movies, series, documentaries (especially comedy and historical) / watching sports on TV and in person / driving or flying to new places/ growing plants/ playing putt putt and visiting amusement parks.

  • Marcie Dipple
    Marcie Dipple Studio Manager, Team Lead

    Marcie is the Studio Manager/ Team Lead and has been a dedicated member of the Burst Of Butterflies team since we opened in 2015. Over the years, Marcie has developed into an exceptional glass artist being the teacher for most of our glass classes.

    As a long-term friend of Lucas Tisland, Marcie truly knows what it means to be a part of our creative family and how to provide a fun and creative experience for all of our guests.

    Team Member since March 2015

  • Natalie Mikszta
    Natalie Mikszta Studio Manager, Event Coordinator

    Some of my goals are to continue adding on creative events here at Burst of Butterflies. I also want to continue to gain more exposure on how art and the creative process has a positive impact on mental health.

    I have a BA in psychology and a minor in studio art, my goal is to become a license professional therapist using art therapy to help patients. I am a painter mostly working on canvas but also trying to expand to murals, as well as a weaver of tapestries and textiles that I learned at ASU. In my spare time I love cooking and playing with my dog Ozzy Pawsborne.

    Team Member Since March 2021

  • Bella Eberhardt
    Bella Eberhardt Clay and Production Manager

    My career goal is to be a full time ceramic artist and I would like to be part of Burst of Butterflies as long as possible. Additionally, I have a small studio in my garage where I make and sell my own pottery.
    In my spare time, I enjoy painting canvas at home. I also love taking my dog on hikes and adventures through the city.
    As an artist, I believe that we don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.

    Team Member Since June 2021

  • Drew Davis
    Drew Davis Assistant Manger, Social Media / Email Marketing

    My experience with marketing, social media, and event planning at Burst of Butterflies has grown so much in the year I have been here and I’m excited for whats to come! In my free time I’m either reading, writing, binge watching tv shows or painting canvas at home.

    Team Member Since June 2021

  • Avery Cramer
    Avery Cramer Assistant Manager, Clay Specialist

    Hey! My name is Avery and I have been working in the pottery business for almost 5 years. I recently moved from Austin, Texas, and I’m loving Arizona so far. I am currently going to school to get an education in business, so I can eventually open up a place of my own! I enjoy trying new foods, listening to music, and traveling. Here at the studio I teach wheel classes, process clay pieces, and help manage upfront.

    Team Member Since March 2022

  • Marley Burns
    Marley Burns Customer Service, Party Assistant

    My goal for working at Burst Of Butterflies is to get more experience in doing what I love, which is pretty much all things related to art and creativity. Im also saving up to go to out of state college . I play guitar and write songs, I do musical theater for my school, and I love watercoloring!

    Team Member Since July 2022

  • Taryn Bailey
    Taryn Bailey Customer Service

    I’m excited to teach wheel classes to show people how much fun working with clay can be! Pottery is such a rewarding experience, from making your piece, to glazing it, then taking home a piece you can use. Before working here I was only experienced in hand building, making cute little creatures, it is so exciting to be able to teach people how to use the wheel!

    I just recently moved to Arizona so I have really loved exploring and trying new places to eat. I also love hanging out with my puppy and listening to music (indie pop is my favorite!)

  • Mads Pennisi
    Mads Pennisi Customer Service

    Hi there! Call me Mads, I’m a multimedia artist working in digital art, zine printing, html coding, and of course ceramics! I also have an interest in making webcomics and history. I would love to start teaching advanced hand building courses as one of my goals at Burst of Butterflies.

    Team member since 2022

  • Bennett Junkins
    Bennett Junkins Customer Service, Clay Specialist

    Hey y’all! My name is Bennett and I love to make art. I’m originally from Kansas and I have two adorable mini Australian Shepards at home! Here at the studio I teach wheel classes, kids art camps, and help out around the studio.

    I’m currently a senior at ASU pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design, hoping to continue working in the art world in my future.

    Team Member Since May 2022

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