East Fork Pottery Just Launched an Elegant New Colorway That’s Perfect for Every Day

East Fork Pottery Just Launched an Elegant New Colorway That’s Perfect for Every Day

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As holiday shoppers hunt for deals today, pottery-lovers have their eyes set on something worthy of its own celebration: East Fork Pottery is marking Black Friday with the release of Black Mountain, a new, moody glaze that the brand describes as a “lustrous graphite black.” If you’re as obsessed with East Fork as we are, you know that this new colorway comes on the heels of the beautiful rosy-hued Rococo, which the brand launched earlier this month. East Fork’s habit of releasing (and subsequently selling out of) limited edition glazes, chef collaborations, and silhouettes is somewhat legendary, and given Black Mountain’s beautiful versatility, we expect to see history repeat itself.

Like some of East Fork’s retired glazes, Black Mountain is a bit of a departure from their core lineup, and, as only darkly-colored dinnerware can do, provides a neutral but bold backdrop, whether you’re serving a homemade meal or takeout. East Fork poetically compares the color to a pencil point and a raven in moonlight, and the dark tone hides the natural speckling of the pottery’s iron-rich clay, which only peeks out along rims and on the base of certain pieces. Each piece is fired at high temperature, making them chip resistant and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Black Mountain is being offered across all of East Fork’s individual pieces and dinnerware configurations, and we’ve featured three below that are likely to sell out fast. Ask any of the Kitchn staffers who own East Fork, and they’ll admit that they’re an investment. But when something is this durable, timeless, and collectible, we’d argue that it’s one worth making.

If there’s one piece of pottery that put East Fork on everyone’s radar, it’s their Mug. If you need any proof, just look up the hashtag #themug, and see for yourself how many fans have sung its praises over the years, leading to multiple waiting lists and sell-outs in various glazes. The mug holds up to 12 ounces of your favorite beverage, and has a thick handle that’s designed to feel like an extension of your hand. The mug’s budget-friendly $34 price tag would make it a thoughtful gift for someone special on your holiday list or as a thank you. Another idea? Reward yourself with a new desk mug for making it through (another) year of remote work.

East Fork’s Soup Bowl holds a healthy 3 ¼ cups, giving you plenty of room to ladle in your favorite chili, bisque, or stew with room for croutons and other accoutrements. Of course, you can use the bowl for much more, food-related or not. Measuring 7 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall, it can double as a pasta or cereal bowl, a place to keep trinkets, or to display a few pieces of fruit if you want to use it as a decorative item.

East Fork offers several three- and five-piece dinnerware sets, but their Potter’s Dinner Set is a fan favorite, and includes their classic dinner plate, side plate, and ice cream bowl. While the set is certainly a bigger-ticket item, each piece can be used individually or together. With the holidays coming up, this is a good opportunity to ask for a setting or plant the seed now for an upcoming milestone or birthday. As East Fork’s Instagram feed proves, many people mix and match their dinnerware sets, which gives tables an eclectic, collected look.

Vanessa Spilios

Contributor

Vanessa received her culinary training at Boston U. and has a background in housewares product development & marketing. When not testing appliances or developing recipes, she spends her time drawing and tending to her small but mighty porch garden.

East Fork Launched a Bold New Color Just in Time for the Holidays

East Fork Launched a Bold New Color Just in Time for the Holidays

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Pottery brand East Fork is kind of a big deal around here. It doesn’t take long to figure out why — with their gorgeous glazes, obsession-worthy small batch releases, and unbeatable hand-crafted design, you simply can’t find these one-of-a-kind pieces elsewhere. The Asheville-based brand knows how to keep us on our toes, too, because they’re always releasing seasonal glazes that are available for a limited time only. They swept us away to a field of falling leaves with the Harvest Moon glaze and made us feel nostalgic when they released a small-batch tea party set. With the holidays just around the corner, it should come as no surprise that they have yet another irresistible shade coming out, perfect for gifting or sprucing up your dinner table. Meet Rococo, a rosy shade of pink that you’re going to want to snatch up right away.

Starting today, you can order the newly minted colorway right on their website. The East Fork team describes the shade as reminiscent of “flushed cheeks in candlelight, filet mignon, bitten figs. An opulent, unapologetic pink.” There’s a reason it has a regal aura about it — it was inspired by French porcelain Sèvres vases at The Met, which were often purchased by 18th-century royal families. The name itself is inspired by the architectural style of the same name that is characterized by being ornamental and dramatic. Talk about swoon-worthy!

A bold color feels appropriate to brighten up our homes these days, especially one with as much personality as this shade. Imagine a cold, snowy day that’s instantly infused with a pop of color by serving a cozy dinner or enjoying a late-night cup of tea in one of these pieces. Similar to seasonal glazes in the past, Rococo is available in all pottery forms — that means breakfast bowls, dinner plates, mixing bowls, side plates, The Mug, and entire dinnerware sets.

Just like all of their glazes, Rococo is formulated and mixed in-house by the East Fork team. And, all of their items are made with iron-rich clays dug right here in the U.S. As a Certified B Corporation, you know that you’re receiving a sustainable product every time.

Of course, in addition to Rococo, you can always shop East Fork’s classic glazes which include Amaro, Eggshell, Morel, and Panna Cotta that are available all year long. There’s a color for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

East Fork Pottery Just Brought One of Its Most Popular Colors Out of Retirement — but Only for a Short Time

East Fork Pottery Just Brought One of Its Most Popular Colors Out of Retirement — but Only for a Short Time

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Michael Jordan. Tim Tebow. Applebees’ Oreo Cookie Shake. When the greats come out of retirement, it’s an occasion worth celebrating. And that’s why we’re so excited to share the latest news from East Fork Pottery. By popular demand, the Kitchn editor-favorite brand just brought back one of its most popular glazes — Soapstone — but only for a very limited time.

One look at Soapstone reveals just why it’s so special. Sporting East Fork‘s signature speckled motif and described by the brand as “a medium, clean, classic blue-gray” reminiscent of lake pebbles, wet concrete, and slate, this elegant colorway is simple, gorgeous, and understated.

You can buy the full set to give your table a total makeover, but if you already have pieces in East Fork’s other stunning colorways (like the newly reintroduced Harvest Moon), Soapstone is neutral enough to seamlessly integrate into your collection.

The Asheville, North Carolina-based company makes each item by hand, which is why your order won’t ship for several weeks. You can preorder your favorite pieces in Soapstone now through October … but don’t delay.

According to our sources at the company, there’s a very good chance that once this window closes, Soapstone will likely be gone for good. Because even the greats have to hang up their jerseys eventually.

East Fork Pottery Is Retiring One of Its Gorgeous Glazes — Here’s What to Get Before It’s Gone

East Fork Pottery Is Retiring One of Its Gorgeous Glazes — Here’s What to Get Before It’s Gone

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Whatcha doing this week? If you’re a big fan of East Fork Pottery, you’re going to want to make some time to log onto the brand’s website and stock up — because the Kitchn editor-favorite shop is officially retiring the beloved lilac-purple shade of Taro this Sunday, July 25.

Based in North Carolina, East Fork makes gorgeous, high-quality tableware that looks delicate but is actually incredibly durable, microwave safe, and dishwasher friendly. The brand boasts quite a fervent fan following, and their mug even has its own hashtag (#TheMug). Though the collection is always available in sumptuous neutral tones like Eggshell, Morel, and Panna Cotta, seasonal and limited-edition glazes like Taro — which was only re-introduced in April — are available for a very short time.

From now through Sunday (only!), you can order a wide range of gorgeous tableware in Taro, including cake platesside plates, and dinner platespopcorn bowlscake stands, and serving piecesjuice cupsbreakfast bowls, and soup bowls; and much, much more. And if you’re a #TheMug collector, do not miss out on adding this lovely color to your set while you have the chance.

Bringing a burst of energy to your table, Taro evokes visions of juicy berries and fresh flowers. But East Fork one-ups even those seasonal favorites. Because once you take home this eye-catching pottery, it’ll be a part of your kitchen setup forever.

Shop Taro at East Fork now through Sunday, July 25 only.