As she pursued her passion for ceramic art, Alison worked as a waitress at a local restaurant and saved money to buy her first kiln. She started her business in her parents’ guesthouse on the coast of Maine in 2001. “I still dream about working there again,” she says. From those early beginnings to a now bustling ceramic enterprise, Alison is living her dream. “If I’m lucky, I’m working with clay three days out of the week. I wish it could be more, but three days is realistic,” she says, laughing at the irony that owning a business requires spending plenty of time at a desk and computer.