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My name is Heidi Fahrenbacher and I’m a functional potter living and working in Southwestern, MI.

When I enrolled in college I planned on majoring in Biology. However, when I was a sophomore, my dad sat me down and advised me that he thought I should pursue what I really loved and what made me happy. At that point, I changed majors and graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Art History.

After working for several ceramics artists I decided it was time to go out on my own. I opened Bella Joy Pottery in 2005. Having my own studio is a dream come true! My cozy studio is a refurbished chicken coop that over looks a changing farmer’s field. In the spring, I’m greeted by migrating Sandhill Cranes and by winter the snow drifts hug the studio exterior. It’s an i…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 25
  • Joined August 15, 2007

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porcelain

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    Whimsical Porcelain Pottery by Heidi...

About

Bio

My name is Heidi Fahrenbacher and I’m a functional potter living and working in Southwestern, MI.

When I enrolled in college I planned on majoring in Biology. However, when I was a sophomore, my dad sat me down and advised me that he thought I should pursue what I really loved and what made me happy. At that point, I changed majors and graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Art History.

After working for several ceramics artists I decided it was time to go out on my own. I opened Bella Joy Pottery in 2005. Having my own studio is a dream come true! My cozy studio is a refurbished chicken coop that over looks a changing farmer’s field. In the spring, I’m greeted by migrating Sandhill Cranes and by winter the snow drifts hug the studio exterior. It’s an ideal environment to create my work.

Artist Statement

I create whimsical porcelain vessels that capture a single moment in time. As a child, I would draw for hours. I continued to draw as an adult and wanted to incorporate my drawings into my ceramics work. It has been a process trying different surface decorating techniques. I tested the line quality of sgraffito, mishima, slip, and even decals, but I chose underglaze pencils, The crayon-like pattern from the underglaze pencils enhance my simple line drawings.

My designs are influenced from taking walks. It is during these walks, that I can clear my head and observe everything from architecture to wildlife. I’m fascinated by the natural and synthetic world that surrounds us, from fresh water jelly fish to solar fish. I like looking at objects, without distractions, so I can absorb their forms and process them into my own designs.

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