The East Fork Journal

The East Fork Journal is a collection of musings, interviews, recipes and special features on products, collaborations and other beautiful objects we stumble across on our journey.  To get all of this delivered to your inbox a few times a month simply enter you email.  We hope you enjoy and if you like what you see, please tell us!  

 

SOLIDARITY IN CLAY

Here's the thing: Black history should be placed at the center of any and all considerations of U.S. history rather than regarded as a separate category only to be officially honored during the shortest month of the year, but...! We’re also fully here for any opportunity to celebrate the countless ways in which Black and African Americans have built, shaped and enhanced American life.

Acknowledging the enduring marginalization and systemic violence toward  Black Americans’ is an essential step toward racial justice and social wellness.  But just as important, we think, is acknowledging, showcasing, studying, and purchasing work made by Black and African American Artists.

 Visibility always matters. 

The clay world is largely dominated by white voices like ours, despite the presence of so much inspiring, boundary-pushing work being made by Black artists and other artists of color.  Below, a list of Black and African American ceramicists we love, making work that's functional, sculptural, playful, boundary-pushing, useful, redemptive, and more. 


Kenesha Sneed

Photo from Tactile Matter

Photo from Tactile Matter

Kenesha Sneed of Tactile Matter makes playful, of-the-moment ceramics and other design work for the home with a sense for color and composition that will stand the test of time (not that it doesn't also make us drool when we scroll past it on our Instagram feeds).

Kenesha in her workshop

Kenesha in her workshop


Kahlil Irving

Sculpture by Kahlil Irving

Sculpture by Kahlil Irving

Kahlil Irving is a ceramics-based sculptor working in St. Louis who makes large scale work that aims to "challenge historical notions of colorism, structural barriers that separate communities, and objects that exist in and around the urban environment."


TURIYA GROSS

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Turiya Gross makes functional pottery in upstate New York that draws from decorative and folk art traditions.


SAM HARVEY

Work from Sam Harvey

Work from Sam Harvey

Sam Harvey is a practicing artist and co founder of Harvey/Meadows, a ceramics gallery in Aspen, CO.  Harvey's work is sometimes sculptural, sometimes functional, sometimes both, and always gorgeous, and immersive.

Sam Harvey

Sam Harvey


ROSA AND WINTON EUGENE

Pottery by Eugene

Pottery by Eugene

Collaborators and married couple Rosa and Winton Eugene make functional work in their Cowpens, SC studio that both honors and updates Southern ceramics traditions. The couple has been a mainstay at the Catawba Valley Pottery + Antiques Festival, the first show EF Founder Alex Matisse attended as a young apprentice with potter, Mark Hewitt.  


OSA ATOE

Pottery by Osa.

Pottery by Osa.

Osa Atoe makes functional ceramics in her Baton Rouge studio that honor the ancient lineage of ceramics and highlight the beauty in simple, minimally adorned surfaces.


Kevin Snipes

Come Hither by Kevin Snipes

Come Hither by Kevin Snipes

Kevin Snipes is a Pittsburgh-based artist who makes unexpected and dynamic clay forms adorned with playful, figurative illustrations.


Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates and his team in his Chicago studio.  Image courtesy of the New York TImes.

Theaster Gates and his team in his Chicago studio.  Image courtesy of the New York TImes.

Theaster Gates is a city planner, performance and installation artist, social mobilizer, urban renewer, and potter.  Based in Chicago's South Side, Gates' work shows how art/craft/culture can be activated to bring social change and revitalize disenfranchised communities. 

SWEET TALK

There's no denying that choosing a gift for your Valentine can be tricky - from chartering skywriters to sending Edible Arrangements, the material options our society of lovers has for showing our affection are overwhelming, confusing, and at times repulsive.  Like, why does my stomach sink with dread when I see some anonymous boyfriend lugging a six-foot teddy bear in a loose headlock through Costco with plush feet dragging behind them, yet my heart does a somersault when I open my front door to find my partner clutching a bouquet of sunflowers for me?  Love is weird, love is mysterious, love works differently for everyone.

Of course there are countless reasons why loving your child feels different than loving your best friend; and, furthermore, why loving one best friend feels different than loving another.  Author Gary Chapman developed The 5 Love Languages, a book and accompanying quiz, as an attempt to demystify these differences. You may have even roped an unsuspecting lover or two into taking the quiz with you. 

Inspired by the 5 Love Languages, we made our own quiz designed to give you insights into how you give and receive love as well as sweet gift recommendations for all of your beloved Valentines.  We’re all about telling our loves how much we love to love them, sure, but why not tell them how much we love being loved by them, too?

 


 

Words of Affirmation

Valentine's Day is as good a day as any to say “I love you,” but nothing quite compares to putting pen to paper and letting those sweet nothings flow.  A brass pen from Kaweco is the perfect love letter scribbler, and folding all those flowery feelings into letter-pressed cards turns a note into a keepsake.

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Quality Time

 

If quality time is extra important to you in your loving relationships, this mohair throw is the ultimate third wheel for nights of Netflix and chill - so cozy, you won’t even feel guilty when the Are you still watching? screen appears. Bonus: it comes in a gorgeous (and festive!) blush pink that somehow seems to go with everything.

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Fun Fact! If you're a baby there's a 90% chance that your love language is Quality Time

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Giving + Receiving Gifts

You might feel that giving and receiving gifts is a particularly important way for you to express love.  Unisex fragrances from Blackbird and statement jewelry from independent makers offer unexpected twists on v-day no-brainers.

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Blackbird Eau de Parfum
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Undulation Earrings
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Ray Earrings
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ACTS OF SErVICE

Performing and receiving acts of service might be one of your primary love languages.  Taking time to cook beautiful meals together is one of our favorite ways to show our devotion, and Salad for President is a cookbook that honors the many shapes the ritual of cooking can take.

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Physical touch

Have you been lovingly called “touchy?”  It seems like physical touch is an important way by which you give and receive love.  Why not go all out and buy your boo a bottle of do-everything oil, just as fit for massages as it is for self care?  A customer and employee favorite, Everyday Oil is an all-natural staple oil designed to keep skin nourished and moisturized all over the body, and its fresh, palo santo-y scent lingers and develops throughout the day.

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If you want to dive deeper into decoding you and your partner's love languages, we definitely recommend taking the legit quiz here on The Five Love Languages website.  Tell us which love language you speak in the comments!

SEASON OF THE SALAD

In my post-holiday, drank-enough-eggnog-to-tide-me-over-for-a-year stupor, I've been craving practically nothing but giant salads. No more pot roast or mashed potatoes for me, please. Julia Sherman's Salad for President has been a lifesaver during my cliché new year, new me salad-eating binge. Her recipes are much more compelling than my usual: put whatever I have in the fridge that meets the "crunchy + green" criteria in a bowl. This coffee table-worthy book has you pickling mustard seeds and preserving lemons - but it's worth it. These are some seriously good salads. Each recipe has its own story and shown through the lens of a different contemporary artist. This particular recipe is the brainchild of New York-based visual artist Tauba Auerbach.

May we also suggest, serving your salad creation in our latest obsession - these gorgeous nesting Cherrywood Salad Bowls. Hand turned near the shores of Lake Michigan in one of the last remaining commercial producers still doing it all by hand. Each bowl has a unique varied graining - no two are alike. We think they make for the perfect salad-eating vessel. 

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemony Almonds and Shaved Apple

serves 4

For the almonds:

  • 3/4 cup whole raw almonds
  • grated zest and juice of one small lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 

For the dressing: 

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad: 

  • 4 cups thinly shaved brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium firm, sweet apple (we used a Fuji)
  • 1 cup cooked farro
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chervil (or any other herb that suits your fancy)
  • freshly cracked black pepper 

First, make the almonds. Coarsely chop the almonds. Put them in a small bowl and add the lemon zest and juice - set aside and let marinate for 30 minutes. 

Make the dressing. Put all of the ingredients in a medium salad bowl and whisk until the oil is emulsified.

Finish the almonds. Preheat your oven to 325 F. Add the salt and oil to the almonds and stir to combine. Spread the nuts evenly on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 20 minutes, stirring them halfway to make sure they're not burning. Continue to cook until they're very toasty and brown. Let them cool completely. 

Make the salad. Add the brussels sprouts to the dressing and toss evenly to coat. Cut the apple in thin slices. Toss the apples into the salad along with the toasted almonds and farro. Season with salt and cracked pepper to taste and top with the remaining almonds and chervil. 

 

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