Coming October 22. What do you think we named it?
A Note on Soapstone's Departure
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?
Our Favorite Glaze Combinations
We put together an assortment of our favorite glaze combos—from classic to downright funky.
Motherhood in Quarantine
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
Thoughts on Lean Manufacturing from our Process Technician, Jeff Linton
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.
Weaving with Deanna Lynch
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.
Textiles with a Purpose — MINNA
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.
Getting to Know Holland Bowl Mill
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.
Woodworking with Andy McFate
We're exploring Andy’s woodworking studio today, and it smells like heaven. If you’ve ever pressed your face against cedar wood and deeply inhaled, it’s like that—except the whole place smells that good so you don’t have to walk around holding a piece of wood to your face to get the effect.
Urgency & Rest
"If the bowl is dirty, wash it." There's calm in the call to action to tend the gardens we've sowed.
Let's All Slow Down
Take a moment and enjoy an East Fork crossword with us. If you're quick, you may even win a prize.
Glassblowing with Hayden Wilson
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.
Everybody Deserves A Home
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!
From the Earth: Heilbron Herbs
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.
Tokens of Love
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...
A Holiday PSA
This holiday season, we hope you’ll join us in remembering that real humans are opening our emails and answering our phone calls.
Night Swim & Friends...
Night Swim is an unexpected JOY to behold alongside so many past East Fork seasonals.
Colorful Pages Coalition
Kids are able to imagine a future rife with possibilities when their images are reflected on the pages of their books.
Alone, Not Lonely
A cupcake in the bathtub. Delivery pizza on the couch. A warm meal at the bar of a neighborhood standby with a crossword for company. A Sunday spent alone at the grocery store, taking your time in every aisle, with a whole afternoon to prepare and enjoy—with no pressure to please anyone but yourself—a three-course meal inspired by a childhood vacation.
Sizing Chart: Big, Little & In The Middle
Online shopping can be hard. We hope this chart helps you find the sizes that are right for you.
When I'm sad, stressed, or too tired, I put on the brightest thing in my closet. I put flowers in every room. I set my dinner table with bright yellow plates.
Alex on Well Made
Does being interviewed in a podcast count as officially making it? Listen to CEO Alex Matisse talk about Lizzo and the growing pains of running a company.
An Interview with Katie Button
We revisited this 2016 conversation between East Fork co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Connie Matisse and Cúrate owner and chef Katie Button on raising babies while running businesses.
Queen of Coffee: An Interview with Stumptown's Mallory Pilcher
An interview with Stumptown's Mallory Pilcher where we talk road-trips, Mr. Coffee machines, and heirloom beans.
Definitive Ranking of 8 Adored Holiday Cookies
A definitive ranking of holiday cookies by team East Fork.
Poinsettia, The Patron Plant of Christmas
Pointing at you, poinsettia. The old Mexican legend of the plant, cool facts about it's growth, and it's history as an iconic Christmastime symbol.
Eating together is something that makes us human, and it's an indispensable East Fork value. We make dinnerware because we believe in the quiet power of sharing meals, not only during the holidays, but year round.
On the Color Red
It’s the pop in your favorite lipstick, the depth in a dramatic sunset, the power in the world’s most revered paintings, and the life force flowing through your body. It is symbolic of war, love, life, passion, power, danger, vitality and luck.
The Fire Burnt Out
"Personal growth and good life. All of that, stored up, and radiating outwards now." Some of East Fork's veterans share stories from the early days.
Vote, vote, vote!
We wanted to be one more little cricket on your shoulder encouraging you to register to vote and cast your ballot this election season. A lot of us are focused on Presidential elections, which is awesome but the mid-terms are equally worthy of our attention.
East Fork's Definitive Ranking of Breakfast Cereals
It was the 90's and all was chill. Bill Clinton was president, cell phones hadn't fully caught on, I was a terrible mother to my pet Tamagotchi, and we were eating cookies for breakfast.
To us, clay is the stuff of pots, but clay can be utilized well outside the bounds of pottery, and has a wide spectrum of health benefits for us humans! Read more.
The still-life is just that: life captured in a moment, an impossibility in exaggerated light, a bounty that exists forever, to remind you that nothing does. Set the table, get the lighting right, and eat everything on your plate. And don’t forget the wine.
Seconds To Some
We chatted with Amanda, East Fork potter and Small Batch Studio Manager, about quality control and what makes a second.
What Even Is Slipcasting?
East Fork chats with Nick Moen of The Bright Angle about all things mold-making and slipcasting.
Come on Baby, Light My Fire
Odd Woods + Tender Earth. Cotton wick, soy wax, candles in gorgeous reusable vessels. East Fork x Joya Candles are a hunk of burnin' love.
Today's the Day
We've been working toward this all year: East Fork's flagship items are now 15-30% more affordable.