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 …

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 …

Colectivo 1050° Ceramics

An industrial designer’s mission to save Mexico's traditional clay-making process arms and empowers Oaxacan artisans

“For designers, problems are possibilities: the source for innovation,” says Kythzia Barrera. The problem? The rapid disappearance of Oaxacan pottery workshops and with it, the eradication of traditional Mexican clay-making processes that stem back more than 3,000 years. The determined industrial designer has been working tirelessly for over 10 years to create a legitimate place for artisanal Mexican crafts within our globalized economy, and the …