“I always try to integrate and keep the integrity of the raw clay. Even when applying glazes and colors to it, I’ll always want that to show through… I want that little piece to always be in there, that texture, that feel, that grittiness, that earthiness.”
— Audrey Stamps
If you’ve ever worked in corporate (or work in corporate currently), then you likely understand what it’s like to dream about leaving for a more creative and fulfilling career.
My guest Audrey Stamps actually made that move.
Audrey has always been interested in the arts — she was raised on art history and crafting projects by her art-loving mother.
While working as a corporate designer, Audrey felt stifled and bored.
Now, she’s a talented, full-time potter whose collections regularly sell out just hours after they drop.
But following her pottery dreams wasn’t always smooth sailing.
In this conversation, Audrey talks about dealing with the creative learning curve, finding her signature style, and the challenge of finding balance when your work doesn’t actually feel like work.
In this episode of the podcast, you’ll discover:
- How Audrey transitioned from doing corporate design at a marketing firm to being a full-time creative entrepreneur
- Where Audrey finds her inspiration for her pottery pieces
- How to find balance while building a business that you’re genuinely passionate about
About Audrey Stamps
Potter and designer Audrey Stamps has always been enthralled by the arts and creating things with her hands. She was raised on art history and crafting projects and earned her BFA in graphic design with a minor in website development.
01:59 Audrey’s path to pottery
03:06 Motivation & “catching up”
05:36 How Daniel & Audrey met
06:50 Cars, driving, stress & status
07:44 Sources of inspiration
09:00 Connections to materials & techniques
11:57 Online shopping, eBay & bots
13:20 The transition from corporate to full-time artist
15:11 Building a business & finding balance
17:53 What’s on the horizon?
19:26 “What is your ritual?”
20:28 The lifecycle of a pot
22:17 Find Audrey
Special thanks to Emily Milling and the team at The Ultimate Creative and our business manager Erika Macauley.
Music for this podcast was recorded with producer Spencer Garn at Diamond Street Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Learn more at www.hollandcreative.io/ritual