During a recent visit to the Northeast over the holidays, I stopped by the Farmhouse Pottery’s showroom in Hanover, New Hampshire. I was drawn in by the handmade simplicity and true authenticity of each handcrafted piece. I ended up bringing home a large ‘yellowware’ pitcher which I now keep at my desk, occasionally filled with fresh flowers. Such balanced, tactile works make me smile and remind me to slow down and appreciate life in each inspired detail.
At Farmhouse Pottery, we are old-world potters with simple tools and strong beliefs in process and authenticity. We believe the farmers, craftsmen, and makers are the core of our communities, and that farm-to-table isn't a foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system. Through our craft and in our daily lives, we're reconnecting others to this lifestyle and defining its place in the modern day.
We are America's studio pottery and this is our American dream.
Zoe and James
Parents, Artisans, Co-Founders
Though Farmhouse Pottery officially launched with a bowl James made in his home studio, its seeds had been planted quite some time earlier. James’s love of pottery began with a sixth-grade art project (under the tutelage of a Mr. Burrows, as James fondly remembers), and he continued to hone his pottery skills through high school. After James met Zoe in college, the couple began working together and eventually settled down in Vermont, where James worked as a design director at a glass company and Zoe stayed home to raise daughters Ava and Mia.
The drive to make something with his own hands—and to involve his family in the process—led James to create the Windrow bowl (still a favorite of his) for his daughters to hold while they picked berries from the garden. The bowl was a hit and sparked a fledgling pottery business, with James fashioning new designs in his evening hours and Zoe glazing and shipping pieces from the family’s living room.
Today Farmhouse Pottery encompasses an airy studio where eight artists throw pottery every day plus a charming shop where the brand’s devoted fans can browse its wares alongside curated local goods.