The Small Batch Studio

The Small Batch Studio

East Fork's 2021 Small Batch logo

 

For about ten years, East Fork was a smaller, studio pottery in a rural mountain town. One, then two, then a few more potters threw pots on wheels, making a whole of different forms—pitchers in five different sizes, vases with lids and handles and long necks, low slung teacups, big-bellied cocoa mugs and the earliest iterations of the Coupe, among plenty of others.

 

 

For about ten years, East Fork was a smaller, studio pottery in a rural mountain town. One, then two, then a few more potters threw pots on wheels, making a whole of different forms—pitchers in five different sizes, vases with lids and handles and long necks, low slung teacups, big-bellied cocoa mugs and the earliest iterations of the Coupe, among plenty of others.

 

In 2018, we moved our operations out of a barn and into a factory in Asheville, North Carolina, where we are growing a radically transparent manufacturing company that provides solid, sustainable middle-class jobs in our community. But as part of the process of moving from potters’ wheels to things like RAM presses, we had to narrow down the assortment of pots that we offer.

 

We're very happy doing what we're doing now, but our Small Batch Studio, which was founded in the spring of 2019, provides a perfect platform from which to play, experiment, get weird, hone in on what works and what doesn't, and troubleshoot new forms that might one day end up in our line.

 

Cade Hollomon Cook wheel-throws every piece, just as they did since June 2014 when they became East Fork’s first apprentice, working alongside original potters and company founders Alex Matisse and John Vigeland. Cade typically works on around six projects each year, producing somewhere between 800 and 1200 of each form. In the Small Batch Studio, you’ll find forms like our Sunday Morning Mug and Third Wave Mug along with ramekins, pitchers, vases and a whole lot more. So much, in fact, we put together this page to show you a history-in-pots to tell the story of the East Fork Small Batch Studio.

2021


Third Wave Mug in Harvest Moon

September 2021

Small Shapes Vase in Taro

May 2021

Third Wave Mug in Taro

April 2021

Third Wave Mug in Spyder

April 2021

Large Ramekin in Pinto

March 2021

Large Shapes Vase in Shino

March 2021

Large Shapes Vase in Spyder

March 2021

Large Shapes Vase in Amaro

January 2021

Available in-stores only. Also sold in Eggshell, Morel, Panna Cotta.

2020


Two-Handled Mug in Panna Cotta

November 2020

Bowl in Shino

November 2020

Cocktail Cup in Shino

October 2020

Part of a bundle with tea and admission to an online cocktail class

Utensil Crock in Amaro

October 2020

Utensil Crock in Panna Cotta

November 2020

Egg Vase in Lapis

September 2020

A portion of proceeds benefited The Campaign for Southern Equality

Toddler Cup in Taro

August 2020

Toddler Cup in Shino

August 2020

Egg Vase in Soapstone

June 2020

Sunday Morning Mug in Prune

March 2020

Sunday Morning Mug in Eggshell

March 2020

Tea Set in Night Swim

January 2020

A raffle prize to benefit Asheville’s Homeward Bound.

Tea Set in Eggshell

January 2020

A raffle prize to benefit Asheville’s Homeward Bound.

2019


Big Mug in Prune

December 2019

Utensil Crock in Eggshell

December 2019

Small Shapes Vases in Night Swim

December 2019

Little Creamer in Mars & Night Swim

November 2019

Third Wave Mug in Night Swim

November 2019

Made in collaboration with coffee retailer Counter Culture

Sunday Morning Mug in Pollen

August 2019

Sunday Morning Mug in Eggshell

August 2019

Mini Mugs in Eggshell, Pollen, Soapstone, Mars

August 2019

Prizes in the Light A Path Raffle

Stacking Cups in Eggshell

July 2019

Small Equality Mug in Pollen

June 2019

Sales benefitted The Campaign for Southern Equality

 

 

For about ten years, East Fork was a smaller, studio pottery in a rural mountain town. One, then two, then a few more potters threw pots on wheels, making a whole of different forms—pitchers in five different sizes, vases with lids and handles and long necks, low slung teacups, big-bellied cocoa mugs and the earliest iterations of the Coupe, among plenty of others.

 

In 2018, we moved our operations out of a barn and into a factory in Asheville, North Carolina, where we are growing a radically transparent manufacturing company that provides solid, sustainable middle-class jobs in our community. But as part of the process of moving from potters’ wheels to things like RAM presses, we had to narrow down the assortment of pots that we offer.

 

We're very happy doing what we're doing now, but our Small Batch Studio, which was founded in the spring of 2019, provides a perfect platform from which to play, experiment, get weird, hone in on what works and what doesn't, and troubleshoot new forms that might one day end up in our line.

 

Cade Hollomon Cook wheel-throws every piece, just as they did since June 2014 when they became East Fork’s first apprentice, working alongside original potters and company founders Alex Matisse and John Vigeland. Cade typically works on around six projects each year, producing somewhere between 800 and 1200 of each form. In the Small Batch Studio, you’ll find forms like our Sunday Morning Mug and Third Wave Mug along with ramekins, pitchers, vases and a whole lot more. So much, in fact, we put together this page to show you a history-in-pots to tell the story of the East Fork Small Batch Studio.

2021


Third Wave Mug in Harvest Moon

September 20, 2021

Small Shapes Vase in Taro

May 2021

Third Wave Mug in Taro

April 2021

Third Wave Mug in Spyder

April 2021

Large Ramekin in Pinto

March 2021

Large Shapes Vase in Spyder

March 2021

Large Shapes Vase in Shino

March 2021

Large Shapes Vase in Amaro

January 2021

Sold in stores only. Also sold in Eggshell, Morel, Panna Cotta.

2020


Two-Handled Mug in Panna Cotta

November 2020

Bowl in Shino

November 2020

Cocktail Cup in Shino

October 2020

Part of a bundle with tea and admission to an online cocktail class

Utensil Crock in Amaro

October 2020

Utensil Crock in Panna Cotta

November 2020

Egg Vase in Lapis

September 2020

A portion of proceeds benefited The Campaign for Southern Equality

Toddler Cup in Taro

August 2020

Toddler Cup in Shino

August 2020

Egg Vase in Soapstone

June 2020

Sunday Morning Mug in Prune

March 2020

Sunday Morning Mug in Eggshell

March 2020

Tea Set in Night Swim

January 2020

A raffle prize to benefit Asheville’s Homeward Bound.

Tea Set in Eggshell

January 2020

A raffle prize to benefit Asheville’s Homeward Bound.

2019


Big Mug in Prune

December 2019

Utensil Crock in Eggshell

December 2019

Small Shapes Vases in Night Swim

December 2019

Little Creamer in Mars & Night Swim

November 2019

Third Wave Mug in Night Swim

November 2019

Made in collaboration with coffee retailer Counter Culture

Sunday Morning Mug in Pollen

August 2019

Sunday Morning Mug in Eggshell

August 2019

Mini Mugs in Eggshell, Pollen, Soapstone, Mars

August 2019

Prizes in the Light A Path Raffle

Stacking Cups in Eggshell

July 2019

Small Equality Mug in Pollen

June 2019

Sales benefitted The Campaign for Southern Equality

Large Equality Mug in Pollen

June 2019

Sales benefitted The Campaign for Southern Equality