Bella Joy Pottery Blog

January

Heidi Fahrenbacher

January

This month has been a hard slog. I am sure, I am not alone feeling this way. It's been a long year and last holiday season was so busy, busier than normal, which I am extremely grateful for, but I still get tired like everyone else. To protect myself from having to quarantine again, I had my intern stay home. She's a nurse at a local hospital and I knew the only way I could pull this past holiday season was to make sure my brother came to work to help me ship packages. I was exposed to Covid-19 on Halloween...

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Stoneware Pottery

Heidi Fahrenbacher

Stoneware Pottery

If way back in February, someone would have said to me guess what: there will be a pandemic, all your art fairs and in-person events will be canceled, you will start throwing on a potters wheel again, and with stoneware clay. I would have thought they had bumped their noggin! I mean, first off, I started making mugs like this beautiful stoneware mug, but it was just for me. It is still my favorite. The speckles of the clay with the dots of color, it just makes me so dang happy! But I didn't have a clue how well it would...

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Setting Up an Online Store

Heidi Fahrenbacher

Setting Up an Online Store

Hello August! I say that because I didn't think all the Covid-19 related closures would last this long. I was wrong, so wrong indeed that I received my first art fair cancellation for 2021 this week. Since art fairs have been canceled I have been getting a lot of questions from other potters who haven't set up an online store or it isn't up to speed. As much as I would love chatting with everyone individually, I don't have the time or the mental capacity-I am in the same boat with everyone else, trying to keep my small business afloat....

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Bella Joy Pottery Annual Holiday Open Studio

Heidi Fahrenbacher

Bella Joy Pottery Annual Holiday Open Studio

It's that time of year! Time for the Bella Joy Pottery Annual Holiday Open Studio. This year it will be held on December 14 from 11-5 and December 15 from 12-4. Did you know that I started having an open studio before there was even a Bella Joy Pottery? The first holiday open studio was actually in a house, in my parents' dining room to be exact. I was a senior in college and I had amassed a ton of pottery. That may be an exaggeration, but my work was a lot heavier back then so it might have been a literal...

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My Mom

Heidi Fahrenbacher Inspiration

My Mom

Today is my mother's 80th birthday! Happy birthday Mom! Happy birthday Mary Fahrenbacher! To be honest, there were many times during this past decade I wasn't sure she would hit this milestone.  I don't talk a lot about my mom on here. If you have read my About Page, then you already know it was my dad that sat me down before my sophomore year in college and suggested that I change my major to art. But what to say about my mom? She was raised in a time when woman got married and had families. She did teach elementary...

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