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As holiday shoppers hunt for deals today, pottery-lovers have their eyes set on something worthy of its own celebration: East Fork Pottery is marking Black Friday with the release of Black Mountain, a new, moody glaze that the brand describes as a “lustrous graphite black.” If you’re as obsessed with East Fork as we are, you know that this new colorway comes on the heels of the beautiful rosy-hued Rococo, which the brand launched earlier this month. East Fork’s habit of releasing (and subsequently selling out of) limited edition glazes, chef collaborations, and silhouettes is somewhat legendary, and given Black Mountain’s beautiful versatility, we expect to see history repeat itself.
Like some of East Fork’s retired glazes, Black Mountain is a bit of a departure from their core lineup, and, as only darkly-colored dinnerware can do, provides a neutral but bold backdrop, whether you’re serving a homemade meal or takeout. East Fork poetically compares the color to a pencil point and a raven in moonlight, and the dark tone hides the natural speckling of the pottery’s iron-rich clay, which only peeks out along rims and on the base of certain pieces. Each piece is fired at high temperature, making them chip resistant and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Black Mountain is being offered across all of East Fork’s individual pieces and dinnerware configurations, and we’ve featured three below that are likely to sell out fast. Ask any of the Kitchn staffers who own East Fork, and they’ll admit that they’re an investment. But when something is this durable, timeless, and collectible, we’d argue that it’s one worth making.
If there’s one piece of pottery that put East Fork on everyone’s radar, it’s their Mug. If you need any proof, just look up the hashtag #themug, and see for yourself how many fans have sung its praises over the years, leading to multiple waiting lists and sell-outs in various glazes. The mug holds up to 12 ounces of your favorite beverage, and has a thick handle that’s designed to feel like an extension of your hand. The mug’s budget-friendly $34 price tag would make it a thoughtful gift for someone special on your holiday list or as a thank you. Another idea? Reward yourself with a new desk mug for making it through (another) year of remote work.
East Fork’s Soup Bowl holds a healthy 3 ¼ cups, giving you plenty of room to ladle in your favorite chili, bisque, or stew with room for croutons and other accoutrements. Of course, you can use the bowl for much more, food-related or not. Measuring 7 inches in diameter and 3 inches tall, it can double as a pasta or cereal bowl, a place to keep trinkets, or to display a few pieces of fruit if you want to use it as a decorative item.
East Fork offers several three- and five-piece dinnerware sets, but their Potter’s Dinner Set is a fan favorite, and includes their classic dinner plate, side plate, and ice cream bowl. While the set is certainly a bigger-ticket item, each piece can be used individually or together. With the holidays coming up, this is a good opportunity to ask for a setting or plant the seed now for an upcoming milestone or birthday. As East Fork’s Instagram feed proves, many people mix and match their dinnerware sets, which gives tables an eclectic, collected look.