N.O. Farms Ceramic Works
Whimsical Ceramics for a Whimsical World!
Artist: Jan Newlee Owsley
History: N.O. Farms Ceramic Works began in Ventura, California in April
of 1994 by then artist and potter - Jan Newlee Owsley. After studying Ceramics at Ventura College
under the direction of Myra Toth Jan knew she wanted to continue this media of art. Working
(or as she calls it- 'playing with clay') brought her a lot of joy and she was able to express and
share her joy with whimiscal works of clay.
She does both handbuilding and works on the potters wheel, though she prefers handbuilding or combining
the two styles.
Jan wanted to be an artist since she was a small child, and has done painting and drawing
and she has designed her own award winning satire fruit crate labels for N.O. Farms.
Click here to view Jan's Satire Fruit Crate Labels
Jan's whimsical style for N.O. Farms Ceramic Works quickly caught on and started selling locally in
1994 at a Crafter's store called 'My Own Space' on Thompson Blvd. in Ventura, California. Within a year the store
went out of business. But with that N.O. Farms ceramics started selling at Franky's Restaurant that
promoted the arts inside the restaurant on downtown Main Street in Ventura. And then in 1995 began
selling at the Street Fairs on Main Street in front of Franky's and at Ventura's downtown Art Walks.
At this time N.O. Farms Ceramics was doing well with several pieces being designed, each one original
one of a kind work. And started doing custom orders of pets etc. to the locals.
In 2006 Franky's Restaurant sold to another owner, and all the artistic works were removed. That
left N.O. Farms Ceramics with very limited venues to sell and market the ceramics. N.O. Farms
ceramics dated 2006 to today are considered quite rare and collectable. In 2006 Jan also became
disabled and production also of course fell off even further. In 2012 N.O. Farms Ceramics briefly
went as O.N. Farms but that line has been discontinued and those pieces are probably less then 15
pieces with that logo, and considered especially rare.
N.O. Farms Ceramic Works Today: We do have extremely limited production and
we have some old inventory, and we will be offering that in our Ebay store. And on a very limited basis
Jan will do custom orders of a whimsical nature to her style, from dogs with funny expressions, to business
card holders with business names etc. and everything in between-mugs, napkin holders, candle
holders, steins, custom bowls and so forth.
In 2013 N.O. Farms moved to Post Falls, Idaho and in April of 2015 - has bought shelf space and is now
being sold at:
3930 W. 5th Ave.
Post Falls, Idaho 83854
How to Contact N.O. Farms Ceramic Works
By Phone: (208) 277-7941 if no answer please leave a message.
Or E Mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan says: "I know where my ideas and inspiration comes from, but I am awed most by the fact that
I somehow in my humble little brain and my used to be sad little heart have made a grand connection to
the Great One and laughter and joy now rains down on me. And I give credit to my sweetheart for that."
N.O. Farms logo on the bottom of all ceramic pieces - means it came from N.O. Farms Ceramic Works
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Pictures of N.O. Farms Ceramic Works - and some of our Creations
Jan with a couple of inquisitive and playful girls at Franky's Restaurant - Ventura. During Downtown Artwalk Demo. Circa 1998.
Downtown Ventura Art Walk - People watching Jan throw clay on potters wheel.
One of the more popular pieces of N.O. Farms Ceramic Works -
Cowpie! Pie dish and cover set. .
Custom made piece of N.O. Farms Ceramic Works of an artist painting a picture
Cowboy Hurricane Lamp
N.O. Farms Ceramic Works - Christmas Design - Golden Retriever decorating Christmas Tree
Custom made bowl of Cow saying 'Veggies Please'.
N.O. Farms Ceramic Works - Cat Plate with mouse tickling ear.
Dogs playing Ball Plate - on side reading True Love
N.O. Farms Ceramic Works - variety of whimsical animal pencil holders.
Bitch N Ass Salt and Pepper Shakers - always brings a chuckle when offered.