Join Asheville's Makers: Works of Art in Support of the Community

East Fork Makers Covid Coronavirus relief

East Fork Makers Covid Coronavirus relief

How Asheville's Makers Are Using Works of Art to Support the Community

Two well-known Asheville makers and organizations are creating custom clay pieces to raise funds and help support those in need during this difficult time. One initiative aids a new organization each week, while the other focuses on local artists. 

East Fork, the pottery studio and lifestyle brand co-founded near Asheville in 2009 by Alex Matisse (great-grandson of French painter Henri Matisse), launched a series of philanthropic efforts to support the people and organizations that help some of our Asheville neighbors who were most in need.  

An East Fork Pottery mugIn a kick-off initiative, East Fork gifted mugs to healthcare workers at Asheville’s Mission Hospital and donated more than $15,000 to Vecinos, a non-profit medical clinic in Western North Carolina that provides physical and mental health services to uninsured and underinsured farmworkers. Then, the company hosted a series of raffles. 

Weekly raffles offered the opportunity to win a custom piece created by Matisse. Each raffle benefitted a community organization serving an underprivileged sector, such as the Welcome Table initiative at Haywood Street Congregation -- a communal table and shared experience of a hot meal for those in need. Visit East Fork’s website for more details. 

Meanwhile, The Village Potters Clay Center with galleries, studios and a teacher center in its River Arts District location, also supported its collective of potters and the local community through its craft. Potter Sarah Wells Rolland, owner and founder of The Village Potters, made 500 unique vessels during a 12-week period. Each one varied in shape, surface and color.  

These “Vessels of Hope” helped support The Village Potters Clay Center, its staff and their mission to continue to supply clay and tools to artists who work from home. Ten percent of the proceeds generated through the project were donated to artists in the River Arts District who were struggling to keep their studios open. 

The Village Potters asked for a minimum donation of $100 for each Vessel of Hope. Once 500 were made, they were either shipped or available for local pickup. 

Check the The Village Potters Clay Center Facebook page for updates. Visit the company’s website for more information and to purchase a Vessel of Hope. 

Updated November 23, 2020
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