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LAURA NELL BURTON

Founder & Creative Curator

Laura Nell learned to appreciate lovely details from her parents, her artist mother whose medium was textile fragments, and her litigator father who spent weekends tending to plants, buying the latest cooking gadgets, and creating culinary masterpieces. He taught Laura Nell that every meal is a reason to celebrate. She lives by that today. Where her mother instilled creativity and self-sufficiency, her father taught her the art of Southern hospitality, how to prepare delicious food that nourishes body and soul, and that anything worth doing, is worth doing with excellence.

 

Laura Nell received a Bachelor of Journalism degree in public relations in 1998 from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also attended interior design classes at St. Mary’s University and ran a small design business shortly after graduating from college, before she became busy with a relationship-based marketing career in the Big Four accounting industry and then her three children.

 

Fundamentally, Laura Nell believes that the juxtaposition of mixing styles, colors and textures is central to loveliness. Entertaining is one of the great joys of her life, and she cherishes incorporating treasures into her tablescapes that have been passed down by the people who have made her who she is today. Her own home is appointed with attractive yet practical pieces, each with a sentimental story to tell, and nothing is too precious for her children. As she places elements on a table, she blesses the loved one who will break bread in that chair, gives thanks for the great gift that they are in her life. She weaves these prayers into the details of her work.

 

This is all to say Laura Nell believes with passion that attention to detail makes life magical, that details turn ordinary into the extraordinary—and she hopes to have the great joy of walking alongside you to curate lovely details, together.

CHRISTIN GISH

Founder & Operations Curator

Texas born, but Sooner bred, Christin graduated in 2005 from the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor of Journalism degree in public relations. Growing up, Christin’s parents encouraged and fostered her creativity and innovation, and she credits their influence as it relates to the talents and expertise that she brings to Cloche.

 

Prior to co-founding Cloche, Christin’s expertise in event and production management includes planning significant events throughout Texas including the 2008 NCAA® Men’s Final Four® Big Dance® where she served as the account manager for global brands including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Pontiac, and the NCAA at the largest event-based marketing firm in San Antonio. Christin worked with a variety of San Antonio venues to organize lodging accommodations for all vendors, corporate sponsors and event talent; and executed all VIP hospitality events and entertainment line ups for each corporate sponsor with musical acts including Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, The Roots, and 3 Doors Down.  She also prepared and supervised the production, installation and daily rotation of all corporate sponsor, directional and entry signage throughout the entire footprint of the festival in downtown San Antonio.

 

She additionally brings expertise in graphic and multi-media design, and in print services management. After gaining eleven years of professional experience in both the corporate and non-profit industries, she transitioned from her full-time professional career into part-time consulting work for local non profits before bringing her unique blend of experiences to Cloche.