SJ Pottery LLC
10605 AR Hwy 5 So.
Salesville, AR 72653
Directions: From the East end of the AR5 South Exit off of AR62/412 (bypass) travel south 8.5 miles to Salesville and turn right immediately after the entrance to Dollar General to the studio and showroom. (A large white building with plenty of parking.)
Joseph Jostes has a love for traditional pottery, and its place in everyday life remains a strong lure and influence. “My goal each day and with every piece is to see my work advance in skill and craftsmanship,” Jostes says. Pottery offers an unending chain of ideas and challenges. Jostes says he “has more ideas than time allows.”
Jostes produces redware, mochaware, and salt-glazed stoneware. The main body of the work is thrown using slips to decorate, and he uses hand- building to augment his work.
Jostes has been a potter for 35 years and considers “tonnage” to be his main teacher. In 2014, he and his wife were invited to teach a slab pottery class at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has also been selected numerous years to be listed as one of the Top 200 American Artists in Early American Life magazine’s Annual Directory of American Craftsman.
His work can be seen and purchased at his gallery in Salesville.