For ceramicist Amy Hamley, getting laid off from her office job in 2010 was a surprising relief. “Everyone around me was in tears,” Amy says. “But I was secretly thrilled because I had wanted to leave for so long but didn’t have the guts.” The seriously unexpected change was the kick she needed to start working full-time on Redraven Studios, a side project she started in 2006 to get back to her longtime love of all things clay. “When I made my first pinch pot in high school, something just clicked. I’ve always known that working with clay was something I’m supposed to do all day,” Amy adds.
The silver (or gold) lining of her layoff is that now that’s exactly what she does—drawing on her painting and ceramics degrees to make French porcelain decorative pieces and molded creations with a more modern twist (think fun things like arrowheads and horseshoes). At the heart of her line, though: working with super high-quality materials to create pieces you can use all the time, like delicately hued dinnerware and plates tipped in metallics. Because finding gold luster in your cereal bowl is a helluva lot more exciting than a few lousy Lucky Charms.
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