“Our greatest challenge right now is keeping our fridges filled for our very hungry neighbors. We can have political debates around the issue and passionate discussions about our differences later,” says Free99Fridge founder Latisha Springer.
As part of our Wealth Reclamation project, our customers made donations to our Community Partners all year long in 2021. Here is a breakdown of their giving.
East Fork founder Alex Matisse, his mentor Mark Hewitt and acclaimed historian Tristam Hunt discuss innovations in pottery that find their roots in the 1700s with Josiah Wedgwood and the company he founded.
An interview with Delores Pottery, East Fork community partner in late 2021.
An interview with Frederick Bouchardy, founder of Joya, the fragrance brand and design studio that makes East Fork’s beloved Tender Earth and Odd Woods candles.
This glaze is sun slanting on wheat fields and the warmth of the afternoon.
In the pause between seasons, with the help of reflected light, we take stock.
Conversations with Tracey Greene-Washington, Libby Kyles and Niconda Garcia, of CoThinkk, recipient of East Fork’s Wealth Reclamation efforts in late summer and early fall 2021.
Watch to learn tips on how to host a beautiful, intimate meal for your loved ones.
Avid gardener, inspired home cook and illustrator of a certain Mug you may recognize, Katrina Brosan is a person of many passions. She spoke about them with our Donna Casellas-Banks.
Elianah shares a day living in Los Angeles with her dog Elvis.
3D Designer and plant enthusiast Joy Douglas shows us a day in her life and talks to us about her artistic process.
We collaborated with this small Winston-Salem-based business whose mission is to help people remember their inner strength.
A conversation with Alexandria Ravenel, equity director at the YMI Cultural Center, recipient of East Fork’s Wealth Reclamation efforts in spring 2021.
A group of doulas in Western North Carolina offer care to women of color from pregnancy to delivery and beyond.
Singer-songwriter Elah Hale shares her morning with us—plus an exclusive interview on art, music, and cooking at home.
Jehanne Dubrow writes about her favorite East Fork Mug in this personal essay.
A conversation with Hans Kritzler, the director of Anfora, a century-old dinnerware manufacturer based in Mexico that makes a mind-boggling number of pieces and has a design division that works with emerging artists. Bonus! Hans shares some Mexico-based ceramicists he admires
An interview with Andrea Golden and Jackie Fitzgerald of Asheville’s PODER Emma, the collective network that is the recipient of East Fork’s Wealth Reclamation efforts in early 2021.
We put together an assortment of our favorite glaze combos—from classic to downright funky.
Jefferson Ellison finds himself at “the universe’s table” in the first of a new series of dream dinners.
Resources for helping to dismantle systems that give a handful of food conglomerates the power to decide what gets grown and by whom and for making fresh, healthy foods a basic human right.
The East Fork collection has a new serving board we’d like to tell you about, along with our friend and conspirator in wood, Andy McFate.
Our Connie Matisse caught up with Samin Nosrat on a video chat. They spoke wistfully about gathering with friends over meals, food justice, a new glaze coming out in early 2021, Samin sang a song about pinto beans and much more more. Watch the video here.
Pottery Peep Show is a glimpse into the cabinets and closets of serious East Fork collectors, dishing the dishes with our own Annie Schambach. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (though if you cry it’s probably cuz of other stuff cuz nothing cryworthy really happens here), you’ll want a time machine to go back and get what they’ve got.
A conversation on Southern Hospitality with cocktail historian and Atlanta-based bartender, Tiffanie Barriere.
For Alex Elle, self-care is so much more than a buzzword—it’s a necessary tool for growing and maintaining self-love.
We're going to be pausing the production of our Soapstone glaze later this year, in preparation of refreshing and expanding our year-round, core colorway. When we made the announcement on Instagram a couple of days ago, people had a lot to say!
In 2017, with the help of a facilitator, we invited our staff to co-create a list of company values. In conversation with each other, with customers, with vendors, with our greater community, we ask ourselves five questions: Am I speaking sincerely and inviting others to do the same? Am I aware of an uneven power dynamics that might be present in this conversation or decision-making process? Am I ready to hold myself and others accountable for our actions and inactions? Am I in the proper mindset to engage compassionately with conversation or decision at hand? Am I ready to be flexible and adaptive in order to reach our goal?
I'm thinking about my pregnant friends and what it'll be like for them to give birth later this month. I'm thinking about my friends raising kids alone. I'm thinking about my mom friends who worked in restaurants and bars. I'm thinking about my mom, far away from me.
Emilja made coloring pages! Click for a happy, calming distraction. Then share your artwork with us @eastforkpottery
About a year and a half ago, Alex told me about Bob Chapman’s book, Everybody Matters, I read it and I got excited. It talked about lean as a method for giving people autonomy over their work processes and the deep trust between workers and management that was made possible through lean.
I met Deanna Lynch in the East Fork Asheville shop a while back, and it did not take long for our conversation to turn into a full-on textile nerd-out. Deanna is a local weaver and textile designer, and she kindly sat down with me over video to chat about production work, our crafty grandmothers, and why hemp fabric is going to be the next big thing.
MINNA is a tight-knit team of seven artists, creators, and thinkers based in Hudson, NY. They are a queer woman-owned and majority queer or woman operated business, working with master artisans in Central and South America to create multipurpose products for the home.
We chatted with Kory Gier, VP of Holland Bowl Mill, on her journey of expanding a 4th generation, 94-year-old mill from making wood shoes to contemporary bowls in Holland, Michigan.
"If the bowl is dirty, wash it." There's calm in the call to action to tend the gardens we've sowed.
Take a moment and enjoy an East Fork crossword with us. If you're quick, you may even win a prize.
As the bits of residual glass cool, they shatter off the blowpipes and thus the pipes are ready for the next round of production. Hayden warned us not to look down into the water because “there’s glass shattering and flying around down there,” and all throughout our visit there were ambient sounds of just that. Glass blowing is wild.
Ask any travel listicle where to plan your next getaway and 99% of them are going to tell you to come to Asheville. Clean mountain air, live music. Everyone’s got their own version of a “perfect” weekend getaway, and our style might not be your style, but we get a lot of folks asking us about where to go, what to eat, and so forth when they visit Asheville and we truly do have very strong opinions about it. And so here they are! A few of many very fun, delicious, energizing, relaxing things to do, eat, see, drink, and experience in Asheville, North Carolina.
Four times a year, we raffle off a highly collectible piece from the Small Batch Studio to raise funds for a justice and equity-minded Western North Carolina nonprofit. First up for 2020 is Homeward Bound, an organization working to end homelessness in the Asheville area. We’re hoping to raise $5,000. Please help us get there!
A warm, earthy, subtly sweet tea we can't get enough of: Color Therapy. Explore the process from sowing the seed to steeping a fresh pot of tea as we dive in with Saralyn of Heilbron Herbs, a Western North Carolina local.
We asked our team, here at East Fork HQ, to share their plans for Valentine’s Day (or previous ones), no matter if it’s love-related or not, and we got some juicy responses.
If you're feeling anything but merry and bright this season, we just wanted to remind you and ourselves that you are not alone...
This holiday season, we hope you’ll join us in remembering that real humans are opening our emails and answering our phone calls.