collective profile: The Bright Angle

What do you get when you mix a bunch of creatives together and form a new collective called The Bright Angle? You get awesome.

You might have come across The Bright Angle through their work on The Democratic Cup:

Image above is a collaboration: image by Michael Corney and Cup designed by East Fork Pottery.

The Democratic Cup is the brainchild of artists Ayumi Horie and Nick Moen.

The Democratic Cup is a slow activism project that uses handmade cups to encourage people to become active and engaged citizens in our democracy. We encourage person-to-person civil conversations about social and political issues. As a country, we need conversations and connections to reinforce the dignity and inclusivity of all Americans, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and culture. The Democratic Cup believes that these cups will act as agents of social change by generating positive political discourse.” – from their website.

Or perhaps you follow the work of the individual team members of The Bright Angle:

Shannon Tovey

Laurie Caffery Harris



Evan Cornish-Keefe

Nick Moen

Regardless you should pay attention to this ceramic crew as they are on the cusp of some pretty cool design stuff and you can help out at the ground level to invest in their collective dreams : )

The goal is to bridge a gap between studio artists and the design marketplace. I believe the best way to execute this is by creating efficient systems of well-designed handmade objects where the production process is taken into consideration when designing the original model. In order to execute the prototypes for our first collaborative collection, we utilized the Asheville Maker’s space, our neighbors at The Refinery, to 3D print models for slip-cast porcelain mold systems. Beyond that, our collaborations in Asheville have involved working with local glassblowers, leather workers, printmakers, photographers, candle makers and other ceramic artists. This is why The Bright Angle is starting in Asheville, because the creative community is full of masters of their craft and in my experience we are all here to grow together.“- Nick Moen

Just check out a few of their innovative designs below:

These fine folks have a kickstarter going and could use your help if you are so inclined.

Find out more here or here.



MUST SEE: The Democratic Cup

What Can Happen Over a Cup of Coffee?

The Democratic Cup is a political fundraiser that aims
to stimulate dialogue, energize individual voices, and raise money for
seven progressive causes. The cups have been collaboratively made by
ceramic artists and illustrators based in the US who want to counteract
the divisive and hateful rhetoric of this year’s presidential election.
The Democratic Cup believes that these cups will act as agents of social
change by generating positive political discourse. On Tuesday,
September 20th, we’ll launch the shop and open up for pre-sales of cups. 

Our Mission

The mission of The Democratic Cup is twofold: raise money for
progressive nonprofit organizations and create a more genuine and
respectful dialogue in American political discourse. A democratic and
familiar object, the coffee cup, will act as a catalyst for social
change and true dialogue.

The Organizers

The Democratic Cup is the brain-child of Ayumi Horie in Maine and Nick Moen
in North Carolina. Makers with an interest in social practice, they
joined forces as a way to make a positive contribution to the political
dialogue in this year’s presidential election. Ayumi has gathered
together 26 of the best ceramic artists and illustrators in the US to
collaborate on cups and Nick is heading up the fabrication team at his
new design production studio, The Bright Angle.

Social Engagement

The Socially Engaged Craft Collective will continue in the long tradition of conversations over coffee by using the cups in a series of public and private acts.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Anna Metcalfe and Janine Grant for their research on this project and Laurie Harris for her photographs from The Bright Angle.



A graphic illustration that speaks to progressive values and opens the door to conversation.


The drawing should be:
-one color
-at least 4″ high and a maximum width of 8″
-300 dpi, preferably larger
-the original art should be drawn to scale, no substitutions if you are chosen

How To Submit

Submissions will only be accepted through Instagram and Facebook.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 27, midnight EST


Voting continues until Tuesday, October 4th, midnight EST. You can vote
for multiple submissions, but not vote more than once per entry. You
need not submit to participate in voting.


Winners will be notified on October 5th. One top winner will be chosen
by popular vote and five with be chosen by The Democratic Cup.


Lewd or inflammatory images will be removed.

Find out more about the project on their website: