The Maverick Potter opened in May of 2008 by owners Mark Rittmann and his wife Suzanne. Call it what you will, a leap of faith or burning desire to follow the pottery tradition, Mark left a 15 year career in the beer business to open up the Maverick Potter. Now in its fifth year of operation and our third location in Salida our business has grown. We now offer classes and workshops in clay and a fantastic variety of potters.
A little about me, Mark Rittmann:
I grew up in Hong Kong. Living there so long gave me an appreciation of Asian Art, ceramics in particular and a deeper understanding of the culture in which I was immersed. My first opportunity in clay was in High School, I had a great teacher that encouraged me and started me on the path of clay. I returned to the US to attend college, where I earned a BA in Ceramics from Lewis and Clark College in 1991.
The last 20 years has been a blend of beer and pottery. Not a bad mix really, but in 2008 it was time to approach starting a full time pottery. My work has shown in galleries around Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado, and I have been a member of numerous pottery and artist organizations: the Oregon Potters Association, Castle Clay Cooperative of Denver, 12 Potters of Northern Colorado, and the Salida Artists Group.
My recent work focuses on Raku, fine functional pottery, and my newest sculptural show called, “Life Stages”.