FAQ

1. Where is your studio located?

My studio is located between Plainwell, MI and Richland, MI. The address  is 11933 Doster Road, Plainwell, MI 49080 (See question 3.)

2. May I visit your studio?

Of course! The studio is open seasonally Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1-4 and at least one Saturday per month. Join the mailing list to stay up-to-date with which Saturdays we are open.

3. How do I get to your studio?

Directions from Kalamazoo: Head north on 131. Take exit 49A to Plainwell. Turn right unto M-89 and head east for 7.8 miles.  You will see Lake Doster on your left, Doster Rd. is the next left.  Turn left on Doster Rd. You will head north for 2.8 miles until you come to a 4-way stop.  Continue east (straight) for 1 mile. Right before the studio is another intersection (108th Ave on the left, 4 Mile Rd. on the right). The studio is on the right.

Directions from Grand Rapids: Head south on 131. Take exit 49A to Plainwell. Take the partial clover leaf unto M-89 and head east for 7.8 miles.  You will see Lake Doster on your left, Doster Rd. is the next left.  Turn left on Doster Rd. You will head north for 2.8 miles until you come to a 4-way stop.  Continue east (straight) for 1 mile. Right before the studio is another intersection (108th Ave on the left, 4 Mile Rd. on the right). The studio is on the right.

4. How did you decide on the name Bella Joy Pottery?

The easy answer is because it's easier to spell than "Heidi Fahrenbacher." The truth is that it's a compilation of names.  When I was a junior in college I studied abroad in Germany and went to Italy alone for a week. This old man at the fruit stand called me "bella,' I thought it was cute. The 'joy' comes from my roommate in college Krista. Her middle name is Joy and I loved it!

5. Do you teach classes at your studio?

As of June 7, 2021 I am not teaching classes at the studio. I am in the works to teach workshops this fall. Please join the mailing list to stay up-to-date on the workshop schedule.

6. Is your pottery microwave and dishwasher safe?

It is dishwasher safe. I don't recommend putting it in the microwave because microwaves vary so much.

7. I placed an order online when will it ship?

Please see the Shipping Policies Page.