Asheville, North Carolina, ceramics studio East Fork Pottery is immediately intriguing due to its provenance: It was cofounded in 2010 by Alex Matisse, the great-grandson of Henri Matisse (and step-grandson of Marcel Duchamp). We’ve featured the studio in the past (see East Fork Pottery: A North Carolina Studio from a Matisse Heir), but when we recently checked back in we noticed an expanded range of giftable sets organized by meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), plus kid-size tableware and a collection of offerings from artisan partners in North Carolina and beyond.
Photography courtesy of East Fork Pottery.
Every piece of East Fork pottery is thrown by hand by a small team of ceramists, so minor variations in size and finish “should be expected and embraced.”
The rims of all ceramics are left unglazed, so the natural, minimally processed brown clay shows through.
East Fork offers eight glazes, each made in-house. They have locally inspired, nature-themed names such as Morel, Thistle, and Blue Ridge. All East Fork ceramics are glazed upon order, so allow five to seven days for the small studio to glaze, fire, and ship your order. All East Fork Pottery pieces can go in the microwave, oven, and dishwasher. See more of our Shopper’s Diary series, including: