TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Candles have been a source of light for centuries. Nowadays they are mainly used for decoration and relaxation and there is a place where you can learn how to make your own in Toledo.
The Callisto Terra Candle Company is a place where you can buy a beautiful piece or take it a step further and learn the art of candle making.
“You feel something, and it takes you back to a time or makes you feel a certain sensation,” owner Taylor Holloway said. “I like it for me and I wanted to give it to other people.”
Holloway calls himself a serial entrepreneur. She started her first business when she was 16 years old. Callisto Terra kicked off after getting a candle kit during the pandemic.
“It smelled great and the process was fun and super relaxing, so I was like I wanted to do this for the rest of my life,” Holloway said. “It gave me the space to be as creative as I wanted, to get dirty and create something that someone else loves and wants in their space.”
Holloway’s four children were even part of the business.
“They built the business with me,” Holloway said. “They are here getting their hands dirty, just like me. And all of them want to start their own business, so we talk about it all the time.
Holloway enjoys sharing her space and creativity with others.
“When people make candles, they get into it, so you’ll see different looks and jars and it’s the maker showing up in the product,” Holloway said.
It all starts with the choice of scent and there are dozens to choose from, including apple, sandalwood and lemongrass. Once you have chosen your scent, there are also many candle styles to choose from.
Callisto terrariums are one of the most popular pieces. The products are all made from scratch, right down to the concrete containers.
“Traditionally, candle holders are made of glass, but we wanted to offer something a little different,” Holloway said. “Creating the concrete candlesticks is a process. It’s all a science. You need to get the measurements right to have a good end product. Then we stir the mixture on the table. We use silicone molds and let sit for hours. It’s a long process from the concrete powder to the final product.
You can take everything from basic to specialized courses, and Holloway jokes that the age range is from six to 106 years old. It is an ideal place for people of all ages to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
“It’s the broken phones,” Holloway said. “You’re zoned out because people put a lot of heart into what they do.”
Currently, Callisto Terra is part of the Art on Market Shoppes inside Erie Street Market, but the studio is moving in January to a storefront in Hill and Reynolds.
It’s open on Saturdays and Sundays, but you can also schedule a class during the week.
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