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Shopper’s Diary: East Fork Pottery in Asheville, NC

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Shopper’s Diary: East Fork Pottery in Asheville, NC

December 18, 2017

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.

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Above: The perfect way to give (or buy) a complete place setting when you can’t decide on colors: East Fork offers prearranged ceramics sets organized for each meal of the day. Once you place an order, the studio sends a box of color samples to the recipient to choose his or her own mix. The Lunch Set, shown here, includes a bread and butter plate, a side plate, and a small potter’s bowl; $92. (The sets also come with a discount: If you buy each item individually, the total would be $108.)

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Above: The Breakfast Set includes a shallow breakfast bowl, a side plate, and a signature mug; $95. (Individually, the pieces would total $114.)

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.”

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Above: The Shallow Breakfast Bowl is just over five inches wide and two inches deep, perfect for ice cream, first-course soups, and small appetizers such as dips and olives; $28.

The rims of all ceramics are left unglazed, so the natural, minimally processed brown clay shows through.

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Above: The shallow breakfast bowl in color Harvest Moon looks notably modern when paired with a Glass Dessert Spoon by German designer Max Frommeld, made in London of borosilicate glass. Available in four color combinations, the spoon is shown here in amber and clear; $32.
East Fork offers eight glazes, each made in-house. They have locally inspired, nature-themed names such as Morel, Thistle, and Blue Ridge.

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Above: Having been put to the test by wee ones, Toddler Cups are “surprisingly durable,” East Fork reports. Their three-ounce capacity is also the perfect size for an espresso; $17.
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.

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Above: The Potter’s Mixing Bowl is East Fork’s do-it-all bowl, sturdy enough for mixing dough and pretty enough to display when not in use; $190.
All East Fork Pottery pieces can go in the microwave, oven, and dishwasher.

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Above: Matisse dreamed up the Urchin Vase after taking long walks on the beach while visiting LA. Though inspired by the animal, the vase takes on a midcentury feel. It’s available in three sizes, starting at $24.
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Above: Egg Vases are “the favorite for a farmer’s market bouquet.” Available in three sizes, starting at $24.
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Above: These Smokey Tea Glass Tumblers are hand-blown in Asheville by a friend of East Fork, Hayden Wilson. Available in three colors, they are $30 each.
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