Based in Asheville, North Carolina, East Fork
creates thoughtfully-made ceramic pieces that are as timeless and beautiful as they are functional. Founded in 2009 by Alex and Connie Matisse and John Vigeland, the company is known for its fresh color palettes and careful consideration of style and comfort.
East Fork offers both original designs as well as an edited selection of accessories from a mix of local, national and international artists and makers, including apothecary and jewelry. Each East Fork piece, designed collaboratively by the owners, considers equal measures of form and function, a fascination that Alex inherited from his great-grandfather, Henri Matisse. The core collection ranges from mugs to plates to tumblers and features an easy-to-mix array of neutrals, along with new, of-the-moment colors each season.
In the nine years since its founding, Alex, Connie and John have grown East Fork by remaining deeply connected and engaged with their community. Later this year, the company will open a second brick and mortar shop outside of North Carolina. It will also move into a new Asheville production facility, with a focus on American manufacturing while providing employees with a nourishing and supportive working environment.
Committed to leveraging its platform for social good, East Fork has launched initiative called ‘Pottery is Political,’ which is a t-shirt that is available for purchase on a sliding scale with proceeds going to Higher Heights, a non-profit that helps women of color enter positions of political power and leadership, and Everytown, an organization working to end gun violence in America.