The Intu-Art Pottery Company started in 2002 after the owners, met talented ceramists who lacked a market to sell their work. Admittedly, they did not know how to help these artists translate their talent and perseverance into a commercial enterprise. With little capital and limited business experience, they and their team connected with the SAIBL program and received the help needed.
The company started with only three artists and borrowed equipment. Now the company employs 34 staff members (28 artists and 6 factory workers) all from local communities. The company has also moved to larger premises and now has its own equipment.
The owners and their team foster creativity within the company and often develop new shapes and products in consultation with the artists. As the Owners recall, “what started as a most rewarding hobby has now become a serious business.
They attribute their success to the high quality standards and the one-of-a-kind pieces they produce. No two pieces are identical and the artists sign each piece that they create. In this way, buyers are not only purchasing a functional piece of ceramic, but a piece of high-end art as well. read more...
Their new collection is now being sold at the Christian Dior stores in Paris, France.
All of the pieces are lead free and therefore safe to use.