About Us

momdadalexSalvaterra Pottery is an Asheville, North Carolina area pottery, who’s work is sold through many local galleries in Asheville, Black Mountain, Boone, Waynesville, just to name a few. It  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 UNC –  Asheville, 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.  She is now working in a newly built commercial studio and gallery at 30 Cole Road, Weaverville, North Carolina. (jknobinkilnust outside of Asheville) Several of the galleries that sell her work have been doing so for years.  And the gallery owners have become like family.  Sue’s work is mostly functional pottery, such as place settings, casserole dishes, bowls and oil lamps.  Most recently she has started making cabinetry hardward 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. Photo to the right is of the kiln before unloading.  Pottery is surrounded by the knobs that are heading to Home Depot.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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 dog helps 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.