East Fork pottery has become a darling of chefs and home cooks alike, with its homegrown history and signature simple, matte aesthetic (they're also one of 31 makers and artisans we love). The brand's handmade products are in constant demand, and the latest release won't be an exception. East Fork has revealed their collaboration with cookbook author, chef, and expert in all things Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Samin Nosrat.
Nosrat's East Fork pottery line, called "Pinto," is a brownish-pink hue and ideal neutral for any kitchen. It includes everything from the brand's best-selling mugs to bowls, plates, and cups. We love the Everyday Bowl for all-purpose use, the Bitty Bowl for mise en place cooks, and the Soup Bowl for wintry meals. The limited-edition color will be available to order until April.
Even better, 10% of the Pinto pottery sales and Nosrat's kitchen picks will help open a grocery co-op in East Oakland, where food insecurity is a major issue. Acta Non Verba's Youth Urban Farm Project seeks to create the DEEP, which will be a worker-owned store as well as funding other food justice programs in the area.
If you're looking to stock up on other essentials beyond the tabletop ceramics, Nosrat also has a few picks to pair with the Pinto line, including a birchwood chef's knife, Carolina flake salt, Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp, and, of course, Rancho Gordo pinto beans. You can find a full list of the items that contribute here.
East Fork, founded by Alex and Connie Matisse (yes, a great-grandchild to that Matisse), has turned its small scale operation into a ceramic lover's darling on Instagram over the past ten years. They're focused on the staples (plates, cups, and bowls), made with local materials, and even have a seasoned potter as the CFO. The company is still based in Asheville, NC, but is now in the process of upgrading to a bigger factory and brand new headquarters in the area, positioning them to make even more of the best-selling pieces in high demand across the country. After Pinto, we can't wait to see what's next.