This Young Business Owner Quit Her Day Job to Become a Full-Time Potter

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood

Editor-in-Chief at Fundera
Meredith Wood is the editor-in-chief at Fundera. She has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade, and is sought out frequently for her expertise in small business lending. Meredith’s advice has appeared in the SBA, SCORE, Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, and more.
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Andrea Barbosa thought she’d have to hit retirement before she had time to spend her days at her potter’s wheel. She never guessed that, two years later, she would quit her day job to become a full-time potter and business owner—but that’s exactly what her future held.

Andrea runs Javelina Ranch, a small batch pottery studio in Austin, Texas. She describes her style as rustic, simple, and functional—a style she brings to each of her products, from pitchers to flower pots. Each piece is crafted by hand and bears Andrea’s signature “Javelina Ranch” stamp.

Andrea admits to being a bit of a perfectionist: “I’m only ever truly happy with it if it’s something I would put in my own home,” she explains. Pieces that don’t cut the mustard end up stashed away in her attic, rather than sold.

It’s all a part of Andrea’s quest to pair her customers with the perfect piece of custom pottery: “I love sitting down to make something that I already know is going to a home,” she says. “Then, I feel like I’m making something really, truly with intention.”

Check out the video for a glimpse at Andrea’s process and the one-of-a-kind designs she creates for Javelina Ranch.

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Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood

Editor-in-Chief at Fundera
Meredith Wood is the editor-in-chief at Fundera. She has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade, and is sought out frequently for her expertise in small business lending. Meredith’s advice has appeared in the SBA, SCORE, Yahoo!, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, and more.
Meredith Wood

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