virgin once more
New England’s virgin, old growth forests are gone.
We reclaim this historic antique wood from early homesteads
and create unique, one-of-a-kind,
FARM TABLES and other stunning furniture art.
and Design in Manhattan as part of its museum store opening in August, Renascent pieces
start at $40 and can go upward of $1,000. But
to understand this most recent evolution of
Salusti’s work, it’s necessary to revisit her past.
Studying sculpture at Columbia University, she focused on large-scale granite and
stone pieces, but always kept a ceramics studio
on the side. “In those days, you either did fine
art or craft,” says Salusti. “I was lucky enough
to be in [fine art] shows that were favorably reviewed in The New York Times and others, and
so I tried to keep those two worlds separate.”
After an artist residency that took her
to Japan and a Fulbright fellowship in Italy,
years of heavy lifting and granite carving contributed to spinal fusion surgery. That put big
stone sculpture work on hold and led the artist to return to the more forgiving medium of
“I started pressing stone chips into the
clay,” she says of her first tableware collection, piattaSALUSTI. The large chargers
and plates she created had the appearance of
a heavy slab of rock, but without the weight.
After success selling the line — which is
similarly priced to Renascent — worldwide,
an idea for a less expensive glass line was
sparked. Using clay templates that featured
a rugged surface of stone and
shell impressions, she invested
in steel molds and found a fam-ily-owned glass manufacturer in
Ohio that could produce the
line. “It’s one of the last American glass companies,” says Salusti.
As the dreamily named Fossilglass took
off, life in New York sped up in equal measure
with the birth of the couple’s two children. By
the time the family moved to Woodstock in
1999, Salusti’s fascination with Fossilglass had
waned. “My interest is in creation, not manufacture,” she says. “We were heading to the
New York Gift Show [where many artists sell
wholesale to retailers], and I wanted to show
And so she spent three months in her
studio, creating. Inspired by vintage anatomy
textbooks featuring reverse-negative images of
dancers, and the lush landscape of Vermont,
Salusti homed in on the flowery shapes and
silhouettes that would become Renascent.
“They’re lonely figures, solitary, but dialogue