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Jim Anderson is a potter living in Hernando, Mississippi. A former public library administrator, Anderson began pottery as a hobby but has since turned it into a successful fulltime business.
Most of his handmade stoneware pottery is thrown on a potter's wheel. He uses the best quality stoneware clay available and mixes his glazes by hand. His pottery is dishwasher safe, nontoxic, oven proof, and can be used in the microwave.
All of Anderson's pottery is made by hand. No "ram press" or "slip cast" methods are used. Because each piece is handmade there will be variations in the sizes of the items and the finish of the glaze which attributes to both the beauty and the curse of handmade pottery.
Stoneware pottery is high fired to above 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Anderson's glaze recipes are lead free, dishwasher safe and microwaveable. They may be used safely in conventional ovens as well. Each piece is functional and meant to be used, not just displayed in a china cabinet.
"My style can be describes as somewhat basic. This is partly by design. I do strive to make my pottery functional. Each piece should serve a useful purpose other than simply being decorative (as
a liquid holder, food container, cookware, etc.) I believe that a truly
functional piece of pottery that fits in the hand and does what it is supposed
to do has an
innate beauty all its own that supersedes any attempt for decorative charm."
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