James & Mandi Tinker are the owners & artists of Black River Beads. They met through their common love of Art & Travel and have been collaborating on projects ever since. James has been a potter since the early 90's and Mandi has been making pottery since 2000. They both began making beads in 2002 and that has been their obsession since glass first touched flame. In 2002 they also opened their first store selling Pottery and other handmade items, as well as gifts in downtown Pocahontas, AR. Just this April (2005) they have opened their latest endeavor. Black River Beads & Pottery is located on the Historic Courthouse Square in Pocahontas, AR. It is located in the old City Hall complete with the city jail which they have converted into their pottery studios. They also sell many beads via the internet & to Various Jewelry Designers.