"I seek to create an aesthetic that embodies the simple beauty of hope and fresh beginnings," says Jamie Ankenbrandt. "I believe that every piece should be a meaningful reminder of the courageous women who handmake them." When a women’s shelter in Chelsea, Alabama acquired an industrial kiln as a donation, Jamie used her background in fine arts and non-profit work to create a program that employed the shelter's residents to make pottery. The hands-on program has served as a safe haven for countless women, allowing them the opportunity to grow in their basic job skills as they seek to get back on their feet after facing tremendous setbacks. As they learn how to roll clay, paint, tag, and inventory pottery, they are also creatively solving problems and developing relationships in the workplace.