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Capital at Play plays “15 Questions” with Connie Matisse, Co-Founder of East Fork Pottery. Tour their new Biltmore Village space, and learn more about the ins and outs of East Fork.
If you leave the office for lunch, where do you go?
A. I never leave the office for lunch.
What’s your favorite restaurant.
What’s the inspiration behind this co-working space?
A. We really liked the idea of having a space where we could also throw parties.
Why’s there a commercial kitchen in the middle of a pottery factory?
A. Making lunch is really important to us, so we make lunch together two days a week and all rotate, take turns.
When it’s your turn to make lunch, what do you make?
A. I made bacon-wrapped hot dogs covered with mayonnaise, grilled onions, grilled red peppers, and hot sauce—it’s a Los Angeles specialty.
Are you an LA native?
A. I am!
Which one’s your desk?
A. This is my desk—I haven’t spent any time making it pretty.
Any desktop must-haves?
A. Mostly this East Fork Pottery mug, and this Tender Earth candle, which is the best-smelling candle ever made.
As for your photo studio, any tips for beginner photographers or people trying to make it on the ‘Gram?
A. Don’t mess with filters! I think flash photography on the iPhone is the way to go for engaging content (though most people would probably disagree). Be yourself, really.
What was this space whenever they made this mural?
A. It was a pipe warehouse.
You’re the glaze master around here—where do you get inspiration for your glazes?
A. Literally everywhere. A lot of fashion. I think about how colors will look in 20, 40, 50 years, not just tomorrow—so they have to have a staying power.
And what’s your favorite glaze?
A. Morel—it’s an often overlooked glaze, a neutral taupe—it goes with everything.
What are we seeing here?
A. This is the glaze team’s area. Kyle is over here—he’s our glaze chemist, he mixes all the glazes. That table over there is making plates. And this is our bisquewear, still to be fired and glazed.
This is a really big space—do you have any tips for businesses looking to unify a team that’s spread across a space this big?
A. Have lunch together—that’s a very easy place to start.
With moving into this space, you guys got to really reimagine the whole workflow of your business. Any recommendations based on what you’ve learned through that process?
A. I would say it’s impossible to make those decisions before you’re in the space together. You’ve got to feel it out once you’re here, really pay attention to what’s happening, and reorient your plans accordingly. So we’re going to start instituting some off-site work hours, so that people who need to have their heads down and not be bothered can do so, and then when they’re here everyone can do a little bit more idea cross-pollinating.