THE STORY OF THE BRIGHT ANGLE
The Bright Angle is a designer-maker collaborative pottery studio, formed in Asheville in 2016 by Nick Moen Studios. Nick studied art and design at Alfred University and worked to build relationships with local potters during his formative years, and this collaborative working studio is a product of those relationships between artists.
Each of the studio's pieces follows a long process of sketches, 3D printed prototypes, molds, firing and refining, all using their own porcelain and glaze formulas. The Bright Angle sources wood, glass, and other materials from local craftspeople who share their commitment to American-made and thoughtfully-sourced raw goods. Their pieces are mountain-modern, bringing a refreshing perspective to a long lineage of craft in North Carolina.
WHAT WE DO
We are studio artists collaborating to design and make object by hand. We design things that are meant to be used. These designs are executed by hand using the highest quality materials.
WHY WE DO IT
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO
It starts with an idea - we initially get this idea out by sketching or sculpting. In order to insure that we are able to see the smartest design come to fruition, we transfer the sketch to a computer aided modeling system. With this program we are able to send the design to the 3D printer to see the first model come to life.
Once we have a model we are satisfied with, we scale it up to account for the shrinkage of the porcelain. Next, we pour plaster around the model to create a mold. This mold is filled with liquid porcelain to recreate the object.
We refine the porcelain object using hand tools and cover the object in our soft satin glaze and fire it in a kiln to 2200F. Once it is fired we sand the bottoms smooth and pack them to arrive safely to your doorstep.
WHERE WE WORK
Our studio is located less than a mile from downtown Asheville in The Refinery Creator Space. The Refinery hosts 18 artists that allows for a community mentality full of creative collaborations. We're able to watch our community flourish and grow and we couldn't be happier to call Asheville our home.
The largest city in Western North Carolina, Asheville is nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's easy to see why Asheville has been called one of the "10 Most Beautiful Places in America" when you can hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway and drive through the historic Biltmore Estate any time. Asheville is an up-and-coming city with a population just under 90,000. It's no wonder to us why many businesses and young entrepreneurs are migrating here when Forbes has listed us as one of the "25 Best Places for Business and Careers".
WHAT WE MAKE