Salim Yaşar was born in Kınık village (Bilecik) in 1942. After finishing primary school, he began making pottery with his father and eventually became a master.
In 1969 he went to Germany and worked as a potter at Statlishe Porcelain Factory in Berlin for 14 years. He returned to Turkey in 1984 and again began working with pottery. In 1992 Yaşar went to the Vietnam with his German friend and stayed there for 5 years. He taught pottery to Vietnamese and educated hundreds of students. In 1997 he returned to Turkey where he began making other type of pottery which he learned in Vietnam and he continued to make traditional pottery as well.
He also participated in many fairs in Turkey. In 2000 he participated in the Handicraft Art Fair in Ankara, which was held by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. In 2001 he participated in the EMİTT 2001 Fair which was held by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. He received an award for his performance in the name of Bilecik prefecture.
In 2007 Yaşar became a teacher in the class of Kınık Pottery Improvement and taught pottery not only to Turkish people but also to foreigners. In the same year, he became the first state craftsman in Bilecik, who was recognized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.