365 New Orleans: NOLA Bound Studio


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Sarah McBride is from Newburgh, Indiana originally. After living in Michigan for a couple of years, she came here for a week-long AmeriCorps conference and fell in love with the culture and climate of New Orleans.  

Sarah packed her car and moved here in 2009 to teach. She has been teaching at Belle Chasse Academy since 2009, now married, and has an 8-year-old and another one on the way.  She feels blessed to be here with her family, teaching, and creating.  



1. What products and services do you offer? 

I offer unique hand-painted oyster shell art.


2. How long have you been in business? 

I have been in business for about 2 years.  I started collecting oyster shells to make candles for my wedding, but never got around to it.  I later started selling them as candles, and then found my niche in using them as canvases to paint.  


3. How do people find you online? 

People can find me online at Nola Bound Studio LLC on Facebook.  They can also contact me at nolaboundstudio@gmail.com.  I have had people commission me to do shells for gifts and special events.


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?

A lot of my shells are inspired by New Orleans and what I see or experience.  Right now I am working on shells for New Orleans Pride Festival and my “Crepe Myrtle” shells.  The streets are lined with these beautiful trees during the summer.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

I sell mostly through Zele NOLA on Magazine Street.  It is an indoor art market with over 100 local artists’ work!


Contact Sarah directly at nolaboundstudio@gmail.com



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