East Fork Pottery
Name | Hometown | Currently Reside In?
Alex Matisse is from Massachusetts, John Vigeland is from Texas, Connie Coady is from Los Angeles, but somehow we all ended up in Western North Carolina. That’s where East Fork Pottery calls home.
Is your work influenced by season or changing weather?
Connie: Back when we made more one-of-a-kind pieces in the wood kiln it was more so: we’d make flower pots and bud vases in the spring and tons of mugs in the winter. Now, though, we hope our line of work can fit in your home season after season, year after year. Pottery takes up a lot of space! So we want to be sure that everything we sell is a staple. That said, we’re planning on rolling out two limited edition glazes each Spring/Summer + Fall/Winter, to add a little pop of color into our (mostly) neutral palette.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?
Connie: Getting our wedding rings in the mail from SCOSHA earlier this fall was pretty hard to beat.
What is your favorite holiday tradition (new or old)?
Connie: Alex, East Fork’s founder, grew up in an old Northern Baptist church that his parents, artists Linda Hoffman and Paul Matisse, converted into their studio and family home. Each Christmas the kids would hang their stockings underneath the church’s massive cast-iron bell, just below the steeple. Now that we have a baby, Alex and I are looking forward to making some traditions of our own, but for now our only real Christmas tradition is eating oysters and drinking a lot of Champagne.
How do you find comfort?
Connie: Between East Fork’s three directors (Alex, John, and myself) we find comfort in: fly-fishing, reading long novels, cooking extravagant meals for friends, scalding hot baths, red clay masks, petting cats, watching fishing videos on YouTube, waking up before the sun, sleeping in crazy late, and exclusively wearing an oversized robe in the house from October to April. You’ll have to guess who likes to do what.
Do you have a favorite fall/winter/holiday memory?
Connie: At 31 years old, there is still not one single thing in the world that brings me more joy than going to the pumpkin patch.
What is your go-to holiday dish?
Connie: Every year, weeks before Thanksgiving, my mother pores over stacks of Sunset, Gourmet, Food + Wine, Saveur and Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Issues, literally dating back from the 70s and together we make our Thanksgiving menu. The woman literally has a rule about making the same thing twice in one month. So for us, holidays were all about trying new versions of old standbys. The last few years, though, I’ve started making Buckwheat Blinis with Crème Fraîche + Caviar every New Year’s Eve. Sign up on our mailing list and I’ll send you the recipe in December!
And, starting November 26th, visit us at our new brick + mortar at 82 North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801