Salvaterra Pottery was established in 1996 by Sue Salvaterra Hintz while working as an adminstrator at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. After becoming intrigued with the pottery making process while studying ceramics at UNCA she decided she would prefer to work for herself and built a small studio in her basement. She worked part-time as a potter and part- time at the university for a year and a half, until the business took off. Having a small child at the time and desiring to live a more traditional lifestyle was accomplished by becoming a full-time potter. Leaving the security of the university career was scary but not once has she regretted the decision.
Now Several years later, she finds herself thriving as a potter. Her studio is still in the basement but much larger in a newly built house in Weaverville, North Carolina (just outside of Asheville) which her family moved into May of 2009. Several of the galleries that sell her work have been doing so for years. And the gallery owners have become like family. Most of Sue's work is sold through the galleries, but she does sell through a couple of local shows a year. And sometimes she has customers visit her at her home-based studio.
Sue's work is mostly functional pottery, such as place settings, casseroles, bowls and oil lamps. Most recently she has started making cabinetry hardware after being approached by Liberty Hardware. This has been a huge step forward as you may now find her handmade knobs in selected Home Depot stores as of December, 2011.
Sue doesn't accomplish all of this alone. Her husband, Randy, helps on a regular basis. He does everything from fixing the kilns, to building displays, critiquing work, and even most recently learned how to make molds. Her son Alex helps also when home from college, usually helping with packing, sanding, pricing and setting up for shows. Lastly, the two dogs help with security and kiln monitoring (sleeping under a cooling kiln).
Pottery has become a way of life. You never know when inspiration may take hold or when a kiln needs checked in the middle of the night. For Sue and her family it has been the perfect choice for them.
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25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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