JimBobSalazar

The Flower Pot Guy

Gonzales, Texas 24 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Making pots full time is my dream come true! I'm happy to share my wheel thrown hanging flower pots, bird feeders and some functional work with you - thanks for visiting my shop!

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Making pots full time is my dream come true! I'm happy to share my wheel thrown hanging flower pots, bird feeders and some functional work with you - thanks for visiting my shop!

Jim Bob Salazar

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Jim Bob Salazar

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About

Do what you love and love what you do.

I am a former university ceramics professor. I stayed there 15 years, did my job well and moved up in the ranks. I was promoted to full tenured professor and felt like I couldn't go any further or maybe I didn't want to. At that time, we had our first child and I rarely got to see her. On top of being at school all day, I was also a studio potter. We traveled and sold my work at various shows across Texas almost on a monthly basis. So when I wasn't teaching, I was producing work for the next show. Most of the time this happened late into the night. My wife and I both knew something had to give. She knew how much I loved making pots and how much I loved the pottery community. She thought I should quit my day job and make pots full time. Did I mention that I love my wife?

We were both fed up with the feeling like we were just staying afloat, not sinking but definitely not swimming in our lives. You know what I mean? It was like we were working to pay our bills and most of the bills we had were because we were working...if we quit our jobs and figured out a way to live more "simply" we could do exactly what we love.

And that is exactly what we did.

We sold our house, renovated an old school bus, bought some land and moved out into the country with our two young kiddos. We used our house money to build a studio and get us started on our new lives. December 22, 2013 was our one year anniversary on our place. We aren't completely off the grid because of our electric kilns but we are catching rainwater from our roof, composting, gardening and trying to have the smallest footprint we can. By keeping our overhead costs down and living a homesteader lifestyle, we have been able to survive.

Each day brings us a new adventure and many discoveries. Each morning I wake up and think, "Alright world, what do you have for me today? Will it be the kilns, the pots, the filtration system, the kids, their bikes, the donkey? What do you have for me today? Well... bring it on."

I'm loving it. Loving every crazy minute of it.

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  • Jim Bob Salazar

    Owner, Maker

    I love to make pots. The clay, the texture, the fire, the way the clay spins and makes everything symmetrical. It makes me feel like everything is right in the world.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 13, 2014

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
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  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you don't like it, send it back and we will refund your money. Easy shmeasy.
Payment
We accept cards, paypal and etsy gift cards. If you want to send us a check, that is fine too.
Shipping
We ship USPS but we can also ship FedEx. Your pot will be insured. If your pot is broken during shipping, let us know asap and take a picture. We will file a claim and attach a picture and ship you a new pot asap.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in a custom project, let us know. We are always up for a challenge!

Wholesale? I have one gallery right now that is within drop off range. Pottery is heavy and expensive to ship. If you happen to be in the central Texas area and interested in wholesale, we can chat. I'm not sure how it will work out for the rest of the country.