East Fork Pottery

Asheville, North Carolina

East Fork Pottery is nestled at the end of a valley on an old tobacco field, between steep green mountains, thirty minutes northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2010 by Alexander Matisse, the workshop is now home to potter John Vigeland and a growing team of apprentices.

East Fork Collection is simple and fundamental. Unadorned, the work is distilled to its essential elements: form and function. It is durable and timeless, resistant to fashion and trends. The pots do not designate a specific maker but are stamped, simply, EAST FORK. They are made by all the members of our workshop.

East Fork Guild, currently comprises John Vigeland and Alex Matisse. Larger, more decorative work is made under this banner in small runs or as one-offs. Though Matisse & Vigeland share materials and aesthetic values, you will find that each has their own distinctive style.

Image and answers are of the founder Alex Matisse.

Favorite Artist
The last person that really blew me away was James Turrell

Favorite US destination
The Cape Cod National Seashore. My family has been going there every year since I was a baby. We stay in an amazing Midcentury home built and designed by Hayden Walling. It’s minutes to the beach and tucked away in the scrub pine. Its a good place to disappear.

Favorite Book
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander

Favorite Recipe
Bay Studded Pork Shoulder from the Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock. Google Edna Lewis’s NY Times obit and grab a box of kleenex.

Favorite Weekend Activity
Rolling around on the ground with my 9 month old baby girl and her baby mama…then going fly fishing.

Favorite Room in your home
The bathroom, more specifically on the toilet. It’s the only place you cannot be bothered by ANYONE.

New Artist or Author you have discovered
I have been reading lot’s of semi-cheesy business books lately. One I particularly enjoyed was Powers of Two : Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk I also enjoyed Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

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