Humans Making Pottery
East Fork designs, manufactures, and sells thoughtful, durable ceramic dishware in Asheville, North Carolina.
Among the people who work at East Fork, you'll find those who work in clay, engineering, chemistry, logistics and the fine art of making customers happy.
Where It All Began
East Fork began as one potter, then two, then a few more, throwing clay and filling a wood-fired kiln on an old tobacco farm in Madison County, North Carolina. Before we had stores and a website, we had pottery sales on the farm. Much has changed in the last decade, but our early days laid the foundation for the company we are today.
What else can we tell you about East Fork? Here's a start:
1. We're proud to be a Certified B Corporation, a distinction that speaks to our accomplishments in making business decisions that speak to our values, but more importantly, holds us accountable to the work that lies ahead in terms of working for the betterment of our employees, customers, suppliers, our communities and the environment.
2. East Fork is Climate Neutral Certified, the standard earned by companies that offset and reduce all of their greenhouse gas emissions.
3. From our factory and headquarters to our warehouse and retail stores in Asheville and Atlanta, the East Fork workforce is made up of 100+ hourly and salaried employees. When it comes to wages, everyone here makes at least $22 an hour and we have plans to raise this minimum wage again to what MIT has calculated as a family living wage here in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
4. We partner with local non-profit, grassroots organizations and individuals working toward racial equity, community reconciliation, and supporting the liberation of folks who’ve been systematically oppressed by white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. We describe their work in our newsletters and on our social media platforms and use raffles, auctions and enticements to our customers to make donations to gain access to discounted pottery.
Meet the founders – Alex, John and Connie – through quarterly talks to get a behind the scenes look into all things East Fork.