Pottery with Personality from Asheville’s East Fork

Creative Director Connie Matisse on seasonal collections, function and color

“In Asheville, you can throw a rock in any direction and hit a potter,” says Connie Matisse, Creative Director of East Fork—ceramics producers unlike any other. Nestled into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the city itself harbors crafts and craftspeople alike. East Fork has tapped into this craft, the various firing techniques, as well as the region’s various clays. But their mission isn’t just appealing …

Pottery from Sonoma Wildfire Ash

After the destruction of last year’s Sonoma County wildfires, ceramicist Gregory Roberts launched the Sonoma Ash Project, wherein he turned ash into meaningful ceramics. Roberts asked his neighbors to donate ash from the wildfires they personally experienced. To his surprise, more than 125 people have donated thus far, some leaving notes explaining the value of what they left with him. The diversity of color and …

ZsONAMACO 2018: Design with Life

Designers look toward the organic for inspiration at this year's fair in Mexico City

Though dwarfed by the festival’s main contemporary art event, ZsONAMACO Design is a lively world of its own, featuring a remarkable selection of fashion, jewelry, interior decor and furniture. The category was an obvious success, with attendees enthusiastically walking out the door with pieces purchased right off the floor. Stylistically, exhibitors were as diverse as the industry itself, but one particular theme seemed to emanate …

CH Omakase 2017: Pansy Ass Ceramics Vessels

Several limited edition pieces from the subversive Toronto designers, one G-rated and some that are NSFW

Toronto-based Pansy Ass Ceramics is a CH favorite for their humor, playfulness and quality creations. The company—made up of Kris Aaron and Andrew Walker—explores gay male identify and culture via ceramics that are oftentimes subversive, and always eye-catching. From plates to planters, vases and objets, their creations pay homage to everything from anal beads to desserts. For this year’s CH Omakase, Pansy Ass created several …

Interview: Tung Chiang, Head of Heath Clay Studio

The designer analyzes his approach to Design Series 5: Forming Fables

Heath Ceramics‘ Design Series has traversed many themes and forms—from experimenting with glazes to crafting an entire series of candleholders. The series essentially explores the possibilities of clay, and the latest debut is the studio’s most personal yet. The delightful hand-formed ceramic animals of “Design Series 5” aren’t just crafted tenderly, each has its own backstory. Experimenting with textures and patterns, Studio Head Tung Chiang …