Photo: East Fork

I know you’re probably reading this thinking “Why should I care about pottery?” Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s because you should always care about functional, aesthetically-pleasing things. And East Fork is full of them.

What East Fork does with pottery and ceramics is make you feel at home. Each piece is hand-crafted (duh) in the Blue Ridge mountains with a modern sensibility. These aren’t the over-worked, dull pottery pieces you’d find at the bottom of a $2 bin at a garage sale or tucked behind a decorative ceramic duck at Goodwill. Each piece is purposeful and pretty.

Their dinner sets feature 3-5 pieces, all of which you’d love to see at a table setting. While these aren’t your grandmother’s china, they’re far from the stack of dinner plates you bought at Ikea when you were picking up your KALLAX bookshelf. They’re grown-up plates, and should be treated as such. Think date nights and dinner parties, not throwing your leftover shrimp lo-mein into the microwave to nuke it (though, you can put East Fork pottery in both the microwave and the dishwasher).

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East Fork is also more than just pottery, with a whole slew of home goods that are as eclectic as you are. Need a brass glockenspiel? They have it. A wooden trash bin? Yup. Their collection of other brands’ things is like that expensive store your parents go into to buy fancy bookends. The staging department for Restoration Hardware probably has East Fork’s website bookmarked.

It’s hard to wrap your head around investing in a plate or bowl, but with East Fork’s newly reduced prices (dropping between 20% and 30%), you can afford to have some special occasion dinnerware. Just take care of it, please.