We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Scobey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My relationship with risk has been such an evolution. Personality-wise, I’m incredibly risk-averse… and yet, the reality of the entrepreneur is that everything you’re dreaming of is on the other side of some pretty hefty risk. My husband and I have been small business owners for the past 12 years, so we’ve taken a lot of risks to start and grow those businesses. Some of the risks have led to huge failures (and all of the learning that comes with that). Other risks have led to beautiful successes and the ability to live the kind of life we really believe in.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a ceramicist based in Golden, Colorado. Hazel Moon Pottery is named for our great Grandmothers and it was born out of a love for creating and dirt. The process of creating with clay is such a uniquely immersive one. I love everything about throwing, and I honestly feel lucky to get to call it a job. Hazel Moon Pottery is a pretty young company. – we will turn one in March – and this year has been such an incredible whirlwind. I have learned so much about what it means to run a retail business (and meeting customer expectations while staying true to my own personal style and voice) and I know I still have SO much to learn.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing we would do is head to Golden to grab some sandwiches at D’Deli. A hike or a trail run up North Table would be a must. Then we would get a growler from Cannonball Creek and drive up to Lookout Mountain to watch the sunset over the foothills. The next day we would spend in Denver, shopping around the Santa Fe art district and then grabbing some vegan chicken and waffles at City O City. A day in the mountains would be a must: maybe heading up to do some hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are so many amazing things to see and do in Colorado! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh, man. Without a doubt, it’s my husband, Graham. He is the pusher and the believer behind every idea that I don’t think will work. He is a natural-born dreamer, and he is so good at encouraging and supporting other peoples’ big ideas. Without him, there would be no Hazel Moon Pottery.