Meet the Vendor: Saltstone Ceramics
Saltstone Ceramics is a professional production ceramic art and pottery studio located in Northwest Seattle. I make extraordinary everyday objects – the mug that you reach for every morning because it just feels right in your hand. I have a particular interest in making beautiful fermentation crocks, jars, and bottles as well as dinnerware.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I am working on a new line of dinnerware place settings that are very simple with clean modern lines, dark clay and white glaze.
How did you get started in your business?
I have a BA in ceramics and sculpture as well as a Masters of Fine Arts, but I have been working in nonprofit leadership for over 15 years. In late 2014, I started to feel tired and burned out in nonprofit work and decided it was time to take a big leap and start my own business, Saltstone Ceramics. I started the business in the Summer of this year (2015), and I LOVE it!
Is this a full-time business for you?
It is – VERY full time! I teach pottery classes and workshops out of my studio and rent studio space to other potters as well as making and selling pottery both retail and wholesale. I work out of my home studio/classroom in Northwest Seattle.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I love my oil and vinegar cruets! They are tall bottles with little ceramic spouts attached near the top for pouring. I originally designed them to keep oils like olive oil that are vulnerable to light safe and fresh on the counter, but they have turned out to be so useful for pouring all kinds of things – cream, tea, salad dressing, whiskey, even dish soap! I really enjoy throwing tall bottles, and when I’m adding the spouts to a large group of them they look like they are singing.
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