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Cade Holloman-Cook in East Fork's Small Batch Studio

The Small Batch Studio

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.

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 he 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.

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