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.
Meet the makers & designers.
FOUNDER / OWNER / DESIGN LEAD
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
How do you spend your free time? I love to fish, I grew up fishing and these days I will fish anywhere I can get to with my fishing pole. When I can’t do that, I love throwing pizza parties for my friends and seeing live music all over Asheville.
What’s your favorite way to relax? Sitting on a canoe in the middle of a lake.
What was the worst studio situation you’ve ever had? Any number of moldy, dark, basements.
What part of the process most excites you? Designing, there is so much possibility in the beginning.
PRODUCTION MANAGER /
Hometown: Menifee, CA
What do you do outside of work? Make my own ceramics at my home studio, drink beer, play music, spend time with my close friends.
What’s your favorite pot to make at TBA? The Monday Mugs because they are designed for functionality in our process. The shape of the mug works extremely well for pulling from the mold and the handle attachment is tight and extremely stable.
What is your favorite part about working at The Bright Angle? I am so thankful for the opportunity to work in a field that I am passionate about with a collection that I am proud of. I really love my coworkers. Also, I can curse freely.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
How do you spend your free time? More pottery and gardening. I just bought a farm and am putting a lot of work into making an amazing garden.
Favorite way to unwind: I don’t get to go enough anymore but fly fishing is my favorite. There is something about standing in the middle of the river focusing on only casting that let’s my brain FINALLY turn off.
Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been? The natural beauty of Western North Carolina and Asheville is a large part of why I decided to live here.
LAURIE CAFFERY HARRIS
STUDIO MANAGER / STORY TELLER
Hometown: Boone, NC
Describe your perfect day: There are too many cool things to do and people I love to fit into one perfect day. What I’m really wanting right now is to have a day to sleep in as late as I’d like, spend the afternoon hiking for views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and wrap up the day with tacos and limey margaritas with friends.
What is your favorite book in the world? Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
How do you spend your spare time? I have a studio at Odyssey ClayWorks where I am a Resident Artist and I make my own ceramics. In the small amount of free time I do have outside of my studio and TBA, I love to read, hike, and hang with my husband and my coonhound.
MOLD MAKER/MATERIAL SCIENTIST
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
If you could meet one person, who would it be? Definitely Winston Churchill, so we could nerd out over our love of military strategy and art. All while enjoying a cocktail, of course.
What is the part of the ceramic process that excites you most? Testing colored clay, I have been spending time doing quadraxial and pentaxial blends to discover new possibilities.
What would you do if you won the lottery? I would buy a castle in Germany, where I would have a studio and spend my days eating sausage and drinking beer. I studied at the Giebichenstein castle in Halle and it was the most majestic place i have never been.
SPECIAL PROJECT PRODUCTION LEAD
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
What is your favorite pot to make? Mugs. As a potter, it is always a fun challenge to shape the most comfortable and aesthetically appealing handle. Also the vertical surface is ideal for decorating with decals or a unique glaze.
What is your favorite part about working at The Bright Angle? Working with really talented people in a creative and collaborative environment
Do you have any special talents? I am a really excellent juggler, and I can ride a bicycle backwards.
Where we call home.
Our studio is located less than a mile from downtown Asheville in The Refinery Creator Space. 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".