#5 Joe Jostes
SJ Pottery LLC
10535 Hwy 5 S
Salesville, AR 72653
Directions: From the east end of the AR5 South, exit off AR62/412 (bypass), travel south on AR5 South 8.5 miles to Salesville, and turn right immediately after the entrance to Dollar General. Look for Art Odyssey signs and 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. Jostes says, “my goal each day and with every piece is to see my work advance in skill and craftsmanship. Pottery offers an unending chain of ideas and challenges.” Jostes also 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 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.