We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Ambroult and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have always had a complicated relationship with risk (who doesn’t?). Risk brings up fear, dread, and worry, but in another light, risk feels not only necessary, but even exciting. Finding the sweet spot in that duality is the challenge. There is so much inherent risk in having your own business, from the decision to go out on your own, to each and every choice you make concerning your business. And, as a person with an art-based business, there are further risks to be weighed in the actual work itself. I often find myself wondering if a new direction I’m taking my work will be understood, and if my audience/customers will not only find it beautiful but also be able to connect to it. Obvious and safe choices usually leave me unsatisfied, but waaaaay out there options sometimes leave me feeling exposed. I usually find myself somewhere in that balance between uncomfortable and easy (but, truthfully, usually end up a little closer to the precarious end of the spectrum because: oh, the possibilities!). Georgia O’keeffe said “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life– and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
It’s a practice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make modern, earthy jewelry designs that connect people to the varying landscapes (both literal and inner) they love to get lost in. Every piece is crafted by hand, and I am constantly working to improve my techniques and push my skills, so that my work can accurately convey the statement I am trying to make. Right now I’m excited to be moving into finer jewelry, using gemstones and metal in ways that I haven’t before. I started taking some continuing ed courses in metalsmithing 16 years ago, while I was looking for a way to reconnect with my creativity. What began as a class or two, turned into a career. There have been LOTS of expensive mistakes over the years, as I learned the ropes of both jewelry making and owning a business. Plenty of “I’ll just get a regular job” moments that were (thankfully) quickly overridden by a constant whisper to keep going on this path.
I want the world to know that AG Ambroult is all about finding a connection– to a place, to a feeling, to a loved one, to a moment…
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d start in OB, so they could dig in to the artsy, free, fun, even sometimes gritty vibe that is that part of town. We’ll get cheap and delicious tacos at Mike’s Taco Club, and eat them on the beach. We’d head to Cabrillo National Monument to take in the expansive views — the Pacific as far as you can see on one side, and the city and mountains on the other. A walk along the waterfront downtown to see some of the historic ships/boats (I’m a maritime nerd), and grab some food in the Gaslamp Quarter. An afternoon shopping in North Park would be fun, too.
Working our way up the coast a bit, we’d take a peek at the seals in La Jolla Cove, and then head to Torrey Pines State Reserve for some coastal wandering. To counter balance all those ocean views, we might head inland toward Julian, and hike some peaks that will give up a glimpse of the beautiful desert beyond, to the east.
We’d end the week back in OB at Sunset Cliffs, ambling along the path and eventually finding a spot to watch the sun go down.
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?
My husband. He has always believed in my ability to succeed, and has supported and championed my efforts for the last 16 years.
studio shots by Tara Morris @taramorris