Farmhouse Stoneware is a locally-owned company whose primary purpose is to provide wheel- thrown & hand-built pottery for your home. 

Our pottery is available through our store or at various craft shows in which we participate throughout the year. 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. We have included most of our glazes throughout the website, so browse also for colors as well as products.

The emphasis of our site is to show the products we produce, and let you order from this site.  Please email or call us during store hours if you wish to check on availability of a product.

BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, ALL OF OUR SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. OUR STORE IS OPEN, AND JIM HAS BEEN PRODUCING WARE READY TO BE GLAZED/COLORED FOR FASTER ORDER RESPONSE.  PLEASE COME VISIT OR ORDER ONLINE!  BE SAFE AND BLESSED! 

ADDITIONS TO OUR STORE & CALENDAR

OUR STORE WILL BE CLOSED ON OCTOBER 13 & 15 FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURES.

ADDITIONS TO OUR STORE! Because of show cancellations, 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!

BASIC SOAP CO.   Alice Martin from Cortland, OH has created wonderful handmade goat milk soap. Her 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.

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.

SHOWS:

Chardon Maple Festival, Park Auditorium, Chardon, OH Dates: Apr. 25-26, 2020  CANCELLED

Civil War Encampment and Re-enactment, Century Village, Burton, OH Dates: May 23-24, 2020 CANCELLED

Lake County Metroparks Farm Fest, Lake Farmpark, Kirtland, OH Dates: July 10 -11, 2020   CANCELLED

Antique Power Show, Century Village, Burton, OH Dates: July 24-26, 2020   CANCELLED

Chardon Arts Festival, Chardon, OH Date: Sun., Aug. 2, 2020 Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CANCELLED

The Great Geauga County Fair, Burton, OH Dates: Sept. 3-7, 2020  Only Junior Fair this year. NO HERITAGE VILLAGE & NO 2020 COMMEMORATIVE FAIR CROCKS.

Village Peddler at Lake Farmpark, Kirtland, OH. Dates: Sept. 19-20, 2020 Times: 10 a.m .- 5 p.m.  CANCELLED

Apple Butter Festival at the Century Village, Burton, OH Dates: Oct. 10-11, 2020 Times: 10 a.m- 5 p.m.  CANCELLED

I-X Christmas Connection , I-X Center , Brookpark, OH Dates: Nov. 20-22, 2020 Times: Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun. 10 am-5 pm Booth #346   CANCELLED

OPEN HOUSE/STUDIO AT OUR PLACE. Dates: Dec. 12 & 19, 2020 Times: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Christmas Eve we will close at 3 p.m. Come visit us! We have refreshments, a large inventory and usually one or two guest artists/craftspeople joining us. Bring your family – kids are especially welcome in our shop!

               

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.

Do you give classes? Jim no longer gives lessons.

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) and five grandchildren (Chase, Ava, 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!

Jim has through the years developed an interdenominational  sermon/presentation called “A Visit to the Potter’s House.” This is a Biblically-based articulation and demonstration (he brings a potter’s wheel!) of God as the Great Potter. He is available for Sunday mornings, retreats or other special events.

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 - Saturday 

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday

Noon - 5 p.m.

Sunday

closed