February 22, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Asheville Masonic Temple
part of a series on Symmetry
About the speaker
John Vigeland is the CFO and co-founder at East Fork, a small dinnerware manufacturing company based in Asheville. In 2009, he moved to North Carolina to serve a 3 year apprenticeship with a traditional potter in the Piedmont. Through that apprenticeship, he met his current business partners, Alex and Connie Matisse, and in 2013 they combined their efforts to grow East Fork into what it is today: a group of 45 people working to ethically make and sell useful objects of beauty and meaning, elevate and humanize the lives that touch their manufacture and use, and use business as a platform for creating a more just and equitable world.
Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft (formerly The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design) is the leading organization in the United States identifying and convening craft makers, curators, and researchers, and matching them with resources, tools, and networks to advance their careers. Over the years, the Center has become a vital community resource, serving thousands of visitors annually. As a national 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft, the Center administers more than $300,000 in grants to those working in the craft field. www.centerforcraft.org.
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.
Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. We deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression.
Echoview honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. We are innovators, believers and dreamers. We’re also doers. We intend to bring pride to the label “Made in America.” America has always celebrated the individual. But at the same time, we know we’re stronger together. Our country is a lot like a patchwork quilt. Each square is important on its own, but each one also enhances the beauty of the entire creation.
BLUE SPIRAL 1 presents work by exceptional artists and object makers in a light-filled, 15,000 square-foot gallery spans three floors connected by an open stairway in the heart of downtown Asheville. This spacious setting allows Blue Spiral 1 to offer considerable diversity, affording accessibility to various tastes and aesthetics.
Our Mission is to preserve and protect the Masonic and architectural heritage of The Asheville Masonic Temple, encouraging and promoting its continued Masonic use by offering the public an exceptional and unique event venue.
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WCQS is pleased to announce expanded service for Western North Carolina with the launch of its all-news sister station, BPR News, beginning March 6. The growth is reflected in a new name, Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR), which will be home to both stations.
Living life starts with food. All day, every day, it’s our energetic fuel. But food is not purely functional. Food and the experience of eating feels good. At BimBeriBon, we want you to live your best life, and we believe that starts with good food. But we want it to be delicious too! So our menu is full of only “real, feelgood food.” We welcome you to come in, enjoy its deliciousness, and then go out to enjoy living on the energy it brings.
Counter Culture Coffee is dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. We approach our work with a passion for the ideal of coffee perfection, a dedication to real sustainability, and a commitment to cutting-edge education throughout the coffee chain.
Buchi is a community centered, women founded and 15% worker-owned business continuing the ancient folk tradition of brewing kombucha, a living, probiotic rich, all-natural beverage. We started brewing kombucha so our families would have a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup beverages and caffeine laden energy drinks.
Our story begins in the heart of the world’s oldest mountain chain, where we found each other in the most serendipitous way. After years of home brewing kombucha individually, we met through our children’s home school co-op and we soon discovered we each separately brewed an almost identical tasting kombucha. We teamed up and after a year of experimentation and research, with kids at play and baby on back…Buchi was born!
Modern apothecary offering organic dried medicinal herbs and essential oils, tinctures, books, local products, herbal medicine making supplies, & more.
Addressing the issue of food waste, Raleigh Environmental Award winner CompostNow is pioneering a member-based food scrap collection and composting service currently helping thousands divert food scraps from landfills (230,000 lbs to-date) and support garden partners with nutrient rich soil (created from the food scarps, and) needed to grow fresh, chemical-free food. Cups at Creative Mornings Raleigh are compostable!
We design all of our products together and screen print everything in house. We spent 2015 and 2016 taking our 1987 turquoise renovated short bus to outdoor craft shows and sharing our products with people from all over the globe. In 2017 we opened up a brick and mortar store in a gorgeous old photography studio in downtown Asheville, NC and hired a team! So happy to have moved the screen printing set up out of our kitchens we are now looking forward and we are so excited to expand the company, keep creating and making great quality products that bring smiles to people far and wide…
We’re Futures Bright – A full-service creative studio in Asheville,NC. We love using strategy, branding, and design to bring great ideas to light.
We are storytellers. Adventurers. We are filmmakers who believe in the power of story. We use human connections to engage and inspire in order to create meaningful and impactful films.
“Intentional Symmetry” In the past decade of John’s life, he has played two roles: the dreamy artist/creative and the hard-nosed financial analyst/entrepreneur. In his CreativeMornings talk, he’ll relate two vignettes from his life that exemplify those states of being and talk about the ways in which they’re not so different.