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Meet Kristen and Joe Camp of Campfire Studio in Maine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen and Joe Camp.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristen and Joe. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Our business began 3 1/2 years ago with an order for handmade pitchers from a local flower farmer. I was currently working at a community studio where I made all of my work. We took that seed money and built our very first booth where we began selling our pottery each Saturday at the Portland Farmer’s Market. We continued to take our sales and reinvest them into our business by purchasing our own equipment and setting up a studio in our apartment basement. We slowly started doing pop-up shops and shows around Portland and the New England area. We began taking on wholesale accounts which allowed us to grow from our small basement studio in our apartment to a large working studio in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook. We are in our third year of business as Campfire Studio and we are excited to announce that we are opening our first retail space this summer in Portland at the new Black Box Park on Washington Avenue. The Black Box Park will be five shipping containers side by side turned into retails spaces. A lot of what has gotten us to where we are today is hard work, prayers and the amazing community of people we have supporting us. We’ve been taking it one baby step at a time and trying to grow organically by watching what’s working in our business and changing or removing what isn’t working.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would not say it’s been a smooth ride. Each growth spurt has had its fair amount of trials for sure. I believe the key to running a successful business is resiliency and community. Business is full ups and downs. Victories and failures and leaps of faith. What matters is how we respond to those failures. Nothing about business is easy. Some of the struggles we’ve faced were unavoidable and just part of learning how to run a business, others were due to sheer exhaustion or just being a newbie. We have been so blessed to have the friends and community we have here in Portland that support us, cheer us on and lend a helping hand from time to time. Some of the biggest challenges we’ve faced has been managing growth and learning how to scale. I think this is probably a commonality amongst makers.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Campfire Studio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Campfire Studio is a collaboration of myself, Kristen Camp and my husband Joe Camp. We are a husband and wife ceramic design team centered on creating a collection of ceramic heirlooms designed to inspire the art of entertaining. Our ethos is to create contemporary ceramic designs that bring people together inside and outdoors.

Camp is not only our name, but a visual representation of our roots and brand identity. A campfire is the oldest act of human gathering. It also symbolizes the outdoor environment where our Raku (Japanese-style ceramic process) is executed. Our Raku planters are one of the things we are most known for, along with our minimalist Americano Mug design. Our goal is to share our love of traveling, cooking and entertaining through our collection of high-end handmade products and our creative workshops. Our business is passionate about preserving the process of handmade artisan pottery and encouraging people to buy consciously and live intentionally. We strive to create original designs that serve as functional art that elevates your everyday experiences.

Our production studio is nestled in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook; a historic factory with a brick facade and bustling businesses. We are amongst a community of creatives who are revitalizing the small city of Westbrook through business development and economic growth.

Our Campfire Retail Space is located on Washington Avenue, which is one of our favorite streets in Portland. We are so proud and thankful to have the opportunity to have a shop on a street that is filled with some of the best restaurants and creative businesses in the area.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We love the Boston Flower Market! I’d have to say the thing I like least would be the traffic and parking situation, but then again that’s true for most cities.

Pricing:

  • Ceramic Handbuilding Workshop (August 25th) $85
  • Private Pottery Wheel Lesson for Two $175

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Image Credit:
Meredith Brockington

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1 Comment

  1. Anna Lawrence

    July 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    What a great article! We are so proud of you both!

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