Bob Anderson, Sunflower Pottery

Pella, IA


Every piece of Sunflower Pottery is, quite literally, one-of-a-kind...created by Bob on a decades-old foot-powered wheel and hand-glazed by Connie, usually in the wee hours of the morning. Mounds of clay are lovingly transformed into masterpieces that ultimately find appreciative new homes in museums, galleries, businesses, retail shops, kitchens and living rooms across the country and around the world.

Function with a bit of whimsy in a solid, salt-glazed look is the hallmark of this extensive line of products. While the origins of this look derive from traditional patterns basic to the midwestern kitchen and dining table, these pieces are designed to bring pleasure to our ordinary rituals of eating and drinking. Where else can you discover a pig with wings (a pigasus?) or a holy cow or even a teapot shaped like a familiar blue silo with a corncob pouring spout?

This extensive line includes mugs, saucers, plates, bowls, platters, serving and baking dishes of all kinds in a wide range of sizes. Their salt-glazed functional look, festooned with the flora and fauna of the Midwest, images of nature, farm animals (some familiar and some unfamiliar) will bring a smile to your lips.