F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)

1. Where is your studio located?Bella Joy Pottery Studio

My studio is located between Plainwell, MI and Richland, MI. My studio is an old chicken coop that has been converted. The address  is 824 Doster Road, Plainwell, MI 49080 (See question 3.)

2. May I visit your studio?

Of course! The studio is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1-4. If you can’t make it at that time please fill out the contact form to set up an appointment.

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 left.

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 left.

*If you are using GPS, Google Maps, or Mapquest use 11944 Doster Rd*

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?

No.  My studio is tiny, but the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the Battle Creek Art Center, and Khnemu Studio offers classes.

6. Is your pottery microwave and dishwasher safe? It is dishwasher safe. I don’t recommend putting it in the microwave.

 

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