Hi, my name is Steve.
In 2009, my wife accepted a job as head librarian at a high school in Sevilla, Spain, so we moved from Oregon with our two children. For years, my wife had followed me in my “career”, during which I had jobs as a research analyst/writer, Director of a environmental NGO, industrial & process consultant, and finally as a small remodeling and construction company owner. In the meantime, my wife had gained more and more education and expertise in library science, and had finished a Masters degree. She was really the one with a career so she took the lead.
Arriving to Sevilla, I did not have a job nor did I have a work permit which typically takes 5 years to get in Spain. So, I had to find work and somehow base it out of the States.
One of the first things that caught my eye after arriving to Spain was the hand painted tile, ceramics and garden pots. Since I had worked in remodeling previously, I was always looking for unique and beautiful home and garden decorating ideas/solutions. I thought there had to be opportunity for exporting the products to the States, so I approached a bunch of factories and began to work as their US sales representative.
It has taken years to make a business of it but I have and now I know a lot about the industry, factories, niches, production processes, shipping and merchandising. I work with several US companies as their sourcing agent in Spain, and also I import in the US for several customers. I started up a webstore based out of Oregon where hand painted Spanish pottery is offered for sale and lest I forget, I am also selling on Amazon.com.
During these years that I have been working with hand painted Spanish pottery, I have taken a lot of pictures and videos and I have learned quite a bit. So I want to use this blog to communicate some of what I have learned and to explore new ideas and ventures. I welcome questions and comments. Thanks for your visit.