Farmhouse Stoneware is a locally-owned company whose primary purpose is to provide wheel- thrown & hand-built pottery for your home.  It  is available mostly through our store.  

Our pottery combines production items as well as one-of-a-kind artfully done craft. We offer a wide variety of glazes, so we can attempt to match your decor.  Note the glaze with lettering options in the various product listings.  

We  realize that you might not need pottery at this time, but we want to be here when you do!  We have established an account for "Farmhouse Stoneware" on www.gofundme.com seeking your help to keep us going,   especially as utility and supply costs keep going up.

 The items from our fellow artisans are for in-store purchase only.

OUR STORE WILL BE CLOSED FROM JUNE 13 THROUGH JUNE 17.

ADDITIONS TO OUR STORE & CALENDAR

OUR STORE WILL BE CLOSED JUNE 13-JUNE 17 - WE WILL REOPEN AT NOON ON JUNE 18.

2024 SHOWS (thus far all shows are at the Century Village in Burton and the hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)

August 3-4  Antique Power Show

August 24-25 Steampunk Festival

Ocober 12-13  Apple Butter Festival 

2024 OPEN HOUSES: December 7, 14, & 21. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at our store: 12480 Ravenna Rd., Chardon, OH

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!  Our store was featured fall 2022 on Cleveland's FOX8 show "New Day Cleveland"  It has been shown several times. Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLax5xvC_ZQ

BETSY IS SELLING HER EXTENSIVE PFALTZGRAF "YORKTOWNE" COLLECTION. ON DISPLAY IN THE STORE.

ADDITIONS TO OUR STORE!  In order to be a more complete gift shop, we have invited some crafter/artist friends to have their works and wares in our shop. COME VISIT OUR EXPANDED SELECTIONS AND HELP SUPPORT LOCAL CRAFTERS!

6 NATURAL PRODUCTS, LLC.  Soy candles from RoShunda Mitchell of Lakewood, OH are created with natural essentsial and fragrance oils. Her company is named for her 6 children and created safe for them to use!

B-BOY FARMS HONEY  Mike Iadimarco has brought in his local raw honey. Also visit his website at: bboyfarms.com

BASIC SOAP CO.   Jeff Martin from Cortland, OH has created wonderful handmade goat milk soap. His website is: www.basicsoapco.com & at www.facebook.com/basicsoapco

CENTURY CRATE COMPANY   These superior quality crates from reclaimed wood are skillfully crafted by Bill Tuscano of Hartsgrove, OH.

CLEVELAND PICKLE  Last holiday season we added the 4 flavors of pickles from this terrific Cleveland company.  

THE GLASS PATIO  Beautiful blown glass pieces are by Mike Hunter of Solon, OH. They are elegant, whimsical and useful. You can follow Mike on instagram.com/theglasspatio and The Glass Patio channel on YouTube.

NETTA'S HOMEMADE JELLIES & JAMS Jeannette Anderson of Middlefield makes wonderful jams and jellies!

OH SEW CUTE! Award-winning fiber creations are from Eileen Smith, a long-time Geauga County resident.

OUTDOOR WOOD  Young Amish man, Rudy Petershine has created great garden and outdoor wood display pieces from the "cutoff" wood from his family's woodmill in Linesville, PA.

SUGARBUSH CREEK FARM  Maple syrup from the Cermaks' farm north of Middlefield is on our shelves! www.sugarbushcreekfarm.com

THE THREADED NEEDLE  From Caitlin Van Neil of Mentor we have Snuggle Rugs and no-sew dolls and crocheted earrings (very cute!).

               

Safety

Is the pottery food safe? Most stoneware (pottery fired above 2000 F) produced in the U.S. is free from lead or other toxic heavy metals that might leach into foods. There are test kits out there (we do not have them) in case you already have questionable pottery. Our pottery is food safe.

Can we microwave your pottery? Yes. Your food or beverage microwaved will heat the container but not usually a handle. 

What about cleanup? You can use your dishwasher to clean your pottery!

Can we bake with your pottery and what’s the highest temperature the pottery can withstand? Yes, you can bake with our pottery, but you should not pre-heat your oven. Let the pottery and contents heat up from room temperature with the oven. With pie plates, for example, this adds about 10 minutes to the baking time, but you will be pleased with the results. Do not take pottery from the refrigerator or freezer to the oven! If heated with the oven there, your oven cannot produce enough heat to harm the pottery – no max! Please avoid use on surface units, broilers, and toaster ovens.

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What is the pottery process?

Refined and de-aired clay is weighed out and brought to the potter’s wheel. For production purposes an electric wheel is used. The clay is centered and opened. The wall is then brought up and shaped by its flow through the fingers of the potter. Once the piece has been finished at the wheel, it is set aside to dry to the point of leather hard. It is then trimmed, carved, or has handles added. The completed piece must air dry completely before it is placed in a kiln for the bisque firing (to 1800 degrees). It takes 8-10 hours to reach temperature and approximately the same amount of time to cool. The piece then is glazed (a glass formula suspended in water). Because the clay has not yet been fired to maturity, it absorbs the water and the powdered glass adheres to the piece. In our process the glaze is either poured on or the piece is dipped in the bucket of glaze. It is then fired once more in the kiln (to 2150 degrees F). At that temperature the clay and glaze melt together at the point of vitrification. The firing process stops at that point (usually 9 hours). The cooling takes almost 12 hours. The kiln is emptied and pieces are priced and inventoried. Non-ceramic parts, such as collars for soap dispensers or hurricane lamps, are glued to those pieces after firings are complete.

About Us

Jim & Betsy Anderson

Potters

The roots of Farmhouse Stoneware began in 1976, shortly after Jim and Betsy Anderson were married. The original business was called Cottage Pottery. Jim had studied pottery in his final year at Mount Union College (now the University of Mount Union). It was a secondary career until 1993 when Jim and Betsy began selling Jim’s pottery from their store in Munson Township (Ohio). In 2006, Betsy launched Farmhouse Stoneware to separate our retail from the Cottage Pottery production operation.

Betsy is a retired music educator from Chardon Local Schools. Jim is retired from the Chardon & Middlefield Public Libraries and was the pastor at Colebrook United Methodist Church from 2003-2008. Both are current members of the Middlefield United Methodist Church. They have 3 children (Chris [wife, Jennifer], Adam [wife, Jaci], and Sarah [Travis] Abraham) and seven grandchildren (Chase, Ava, Emma, Asher, Ewan, Isabella, & Ari).

Please know that CHILDREN ARE WELCOME IN OUR STORE! We do NOT (in the store or at craft shows) have a policy of “you break it – you bought it.” As much as we take pride in the quality and artistry of the pottery – people are more valuable than pots! – Especially children!

Location

Farmhouse Stoneware is located at 12480 Ravenna Road, Chardon, OH 44024. It is 700 feet south of the intersection of Route 322 and SR 44, south of the Chardon Square. It is east of Interstate 271 and south of Interstate 90.  Call us if you have any questions (440-286-1100). We have a brown & yellow farmhouse on the west side of the road with a large white barn at the rear where the showroom and studio are located.

Store

12480 Ravenna Rd., Chardon, OH 44024

Store Hours

Monday & Wednesday thru Saturday

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday

Noon - 5 p.m.

Sunday

closed