This short documentary invites us on a firing at Marshall, North Carolina’s East Fork Pottery.The pottery was founded in 2010 by potter Alexander Matisse (descendent of Henri Matisee, the painter) and operations manager Connie Coady. They were joined in 2013 by John Vigeland. Their enormous kiln sits in the wilderness of North Carolina in what used to be a tobacco field. The shots of the mist over the forest cut with images of fire bellowing from the kiln’s chimney are fantastic.
This documentary was produced by Morgan Potts for UNC-TV. Instead of showcasing the work of the pottery (although it’s certainly featured), Potts’ documentary spends most of its time getting into the minds of the people who work there. The potters’ anxiety, uncertainty, patience and almost puritanical work ethic are cut by scenes of their daily lives in this bucolic setting.
Above image: A screenshot from the mini-documentary about East Fork Pottery.
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