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.
East Fork sits at a unique and challenging intersection of small-scale artisan workshop and large-scale industrial ceramic production. We are potters at our core. At the onset, we made pots from minimally refined materials and fired those pots in a large, wood-burning kiln, and since then, so much has changed. We’ve grown and scaled, and yet our rubric for a pot’s goodness has stayed steady—our work should be beautiful and functional.
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 plan to continue raising our minimum wage.
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.
East Fork is Climate Neutral Certified, the standard earned by companies that offset and reduce all of their greenhouse gas emissions.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.