The East Fork Workshop, formerly known as the Small Batch Studio, was founded in the spring of 2019 to provide a perfect platform 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.
We are potters at our core
East Fork’s roots go back to an old tobacco farm turned pottery workshop tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2018, we moved our operations out of that 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.
Today we are one of the most technologically advanced producers of dinnerware in the United States. We embrace technology and automation in the making of our dinnerware. But, we are potters.
Over the years, we’ve sold wheel-thrown pieces out of our Workshop (formerly known as the Small Batch Studio) a few times a year. Lately, we’ve been quiet on that front. Cade Hollomon, East Fork’s first apprentice, worked as the Workshop Manager, wheel-throwing each piece of pottery that emerged from the studio. After years of time at the wheel, Cade has moved into an Archivist role to give his body some rest and lean into another facet of the Workshop.
Now, we’re reintroducing hand thrown pots through our newly christened East Fork Workshop. Our first limited release will be thrown by our very own, Mike Ball, who’s been with us since East Fork the early years.
“It’s fun to set my own pace here…and I like being able to create something from beginning to end,” Mike said with a bit of twinkle in his eye. “We’ve got exciting things planned for the Workshop.”
Wheel-thrown pottery made in house by East Fork potters. We can’t wait to share what we have in store.