Amy Briggs is an Auburn College alumna who has gone on to promote small-batch ceramics and just lately grew to become the final supervisor for Rock ‘n’ Roll pinball. She graduated within the fall of 2018 and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2019.
After commencement, she moved to Asheville to pursue her residency at Odyssey Clay Works the place she taught children easy methods to make pottery in addition to helping the opposite residents for 3 months. This similar firm requested Briggs to proceed to work with them as a studio assistant.
Throughout this time, she started on the lookout for one other job in ceramics so as to add to her earnings. Then, The Vivid Angle supplied her a job for the function of mould caster. This firm focuses on 3D fashions and creates molds out of the fashions.
“I used to be filling molds with porcelain slip and created 1000’s of items with them on a manufacturing scale,” Briggs stated.
Nevertheless, she needed to transfer again to Auburn as soon as the pandemic erupted. Many artists had been out of a job as she and her co-workers weren’t thought-about important employees.
“There have been extra vital issues occurring than the manufacturing of ceramics,” she stated.
Whereas the pandemic put her artist desires on maintain, Briggs stated it did give her the chance to search out an outlet of curiosity.
Brigg’s father is an “avid pinball connoisseur.” Pinball machines have been part of the Briggs household for the final 10 years. Her father launched her to the proprietor of Rock ‘n’ Roll pinball, Ernie Rains.
Rains requested Briggs to be an occasion coordinator for his enterprise. Briggs began establishing “pinball pop-ups” for the corporate. Presently, Briggs was “throwing pots in [her] studio” and posting her work on the market on-line.
Many profitable occasions and pop-ups all through June to August resulted in Rock ‘n’ Roll pinball establishing a everlasting location on Railroad Avenue in Opelika. Rains then supplied her a job as basic supervisor.
“There wasn’t a lot time to create ceramics at that time,” Briggs stated.
Nevertheless, she stated she hasn’t utterly given up on pottery. Briggs and her accomplice, Patrick Davis, commenced the buying technique of a historic house from the 1900s. Davis is the proprietor and chef of the catering enterprise House Eats.
The 2 determined to begin their companies inside their new house; Briggs’ ceramics studio on one aspect and Davis’ catering enterprise on the opposite. The couple will reside on the second flooring of the home.
“The long run aim is to have a neighborhood ceramics studio geared up with wheels, kilns, clay and instruments for the on a regular basis potter,” she stated. “I’d wish to open my doorways to the general public and permit potters to have a particular house to study concerning the joys of ceramics.”
Briggs stated she acknowledges desires and sacrifices go hand-in-hand. With a view to buy their dream house, Briggs accepted the final supervisor place at Rock ‘N’ Roll Pinball with the belief “that properties aren’t constructed off the wage of a potter…”
“It has been a tremendous expertise watching and studying about small enterprise,” she stated. “There have been many ups and downs however I’m proud to work for Ernie Rains and your complete RNRP group.”
Briggs and Davis plan on making renovations on their house and pursuing the dream of Briggs’ personal ceramics studio. Till then, she stays targeted on the long-term dream.
“All good issues take time and I’m excited to see the place it takes me,” Briggs stated.