Ciao! I’m so glad you’re here. 

I’m Susan Gravely. A born and bred North Carolinian, I have been fascinated by different cultures since childhood. My father ran an international business, and my family hosted his visiting colleagues from around the world for wonderful dinner parties. From my earliest days, I helped set the table for those dinners, appreciating the varied wonders of the world and gathering together. 

My life took an unexpected and incredible turn in 1983 when my mother invited my sister and me to join her on a trip to Italy. The three of us fell in love with the colorful handpainted dinnerware we discovered on the Amalfi Coast, and we decided to build a wholesale company to share it with our friends and family back home. 

Since then, VIETRI has grown to become America’s largest importer of Italian ceramics and is often described as a “modern fairy tale,” VIETRI is regularly featured in House Beautiful, Oprah, Veranda, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Elle Décor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, and Coastal Living

I currently oversee product design, and I love nothing more than dreaming up new designs with our Italian artisans. I spend a few months each year in Italy, and I consider it my second home. I’m married to a wonderful man, Bill, and we have an Australian labradoodle, Franco. Our favorite thing to do is hike and be with our friends and family. 

Rapid Fire Questions: 

Favorite season:


Go-to quick meal: 

A big salad with everything left in the fridge.

Favorite book:

Changes all the time! Currently enjoying everything by Donna Leon– they are fun detective stories centered in Venice with curious characters.

Early bird or night owl:

Early bird

A place on your travel bucket list:

A spa in the Aeolian Islands 

First car:

All I remember is the color– a warm terra cotta.


Dream dinner party guest:

Oprah Winfrey 

Place you’re most relaxed: