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.
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.