There's no doing business in a silo—it's all connected and it all must be considered. Here's where we talk everything from mental health to the community foodshed. Where we showcase non-profits working for justice in Asheville and craftspeople whose work resonates. Here's where we acknowledge that a business is the sum of a bunch of humans all shoved together with a shared mission—still with our own preferences, opinions, traumas, emerging solutions, loves, fears, anxieties, and desires.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Seconds To Some
To prepare for our seconds sale coming up this Saturday at our new production space on Short McDowell, I chatted with Amanda, East Fork potter and Production Manager, about quality control.
Thoughts on Flower Arranging & Ikebana
A very brief, amateur intro to the Japanese art of arranging flowers.
Down to the Brass Tacks
Lue Brass's handmade tableware, serving ware, and useful instruments are store staples that are made for the very purpose of bringing objects of beauty into the everyday.
Holiday Entertaining, Simplified
Do yourself a favor this year, and learn how to put together a charcuterie board with real finesse.