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! 

Calendar

Chardon Maple Festival, Park Auditorium, Chardon, OH Dates: Apr. 25-26, 2020 Sweet annual event, which is now celebrated in the last full weekend of April, has much for the whole family. The craft show takes place in Park Auditorium which is across from the Geauga County Court House on the east side of the square. CANCELLED

Civil War Encampment and Re-enactment, Century Village, Burton, OH Dates: May 23-24, 2020 Experience history in the beautiful setting of the historical Century Village which is on the southeast corner of Burton Square. Most of the historic buildings are open. Among the vendors participating are period clothing and memorabilia distributors. For events at the Century Village we are historic artisans and Jim demonstrates on the potter’s wheel on the porch of a small red cottage down the road from the General Store. CANCELLED

Lake County Metroparks Farm Fest, Lake Farmpark, Kirtland, OH Dates: July 10 -11, 2020 This annual event is a FREE gift to area visitors from Lake Metroparks. There are all kinds of activities and farm demonstrations going on (free fishing in the park pond with equipment furnished by the park!) Live entertainment and barbeque food are other highlights of this event which is a great family experience! Our location has been near the entrance to the outdoor events.  CANCELLED

Antique Power Show, Century Village, Burton, OH Dates: July 24-26, 2020 Tractors and power engines and equipments from every era highlight this family event. There is a tractor parade each day of the event. Again, Jim will be demonstrating at the pottery cottage on the grounds.  CANCELLED

Chardon Arts Festival, Chardon, OH Date: Sun., Aug. 2, 2020 Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This will be the 40th annual event, and we are the only participants who have been there every year. This year Jim will be the Featured Artist! Because space on the square is limited to accommodating 105 artists/craftspeople, the jurying committee has been careful to keep balance in the variety as well as quality of work of the participants. Our booth is #13, across from the Heritage House on the East Park St. side of the square. CANCELLED

The Great Geauga County Fair, Burton, OH Dates: Sept. 3-7, 2020 Times: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday – Sunday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Labor Day We are located in Heritage Village at the south fence of the Fair Grounds – up the hill from the Main Midway. In 2019 we got a beautiful new building. Our building features early American crafts being demonstrated throughout the 5 days of the Fair. Jim will be at the potter’s wheel. There is something for everyone at the Great Geauga County Fair! 

Village Peddler at Lake Farmpark, Kirtland, OH. Dates: Sept. 19-20, 2020 Times: 10 a.m .- 5 p.m. Located on Rt. 6 in Kirtland, Lake Farmpark is a wonderful location for this, the largest art/craft event that we do. Our booth has been in the northwest corner of the event area. There is a great variety of “fair” food as well as artists, craftspeople, and farm market at this fun venue.  CANCELLED

Apple Butter Festival at the Century Village, Burton, OH Dates: Oct. 10-11, 2020 Times: 10 a.m- 5 p.m. This is another historic artisan show where Jim will be demonstrating. Again, our shop/cottage is just north from the Saw Mill down the street from the General Store. Apple butter is cooked over open fires in the square. Delicious!   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 What a great time! There is something for everyone from fine arts and crafts (like ours!) to books to food and other Christmas gifts you never thought of. If we had just one day to shop for Christmas, this is where we’d go!  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