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Our Story

Hello, my name is Kristen Camp, owner and creative director of Campfire Studio, a handmade pottery design studio in Portland, ME. We chose the name Campfire Studio because our last name is Camp and because we believe pottery tells a story of community and its traditions, and what better place to celebrate community than around a campfire.  Along with my husband and business manager, Joe, the mastermind behind all booth and display creations, I operate a studio out of our home, and sell my work both online and at various Pop-Up Shops and Craft Shows in the Portland area. 

Joe is a gifted woodworker and cook, which has inspired a number collaborations between us. He has a background in business and finance. He is my better half and can fix anything. He keeps our business running smoothly. 

It was out of my love for exploring the functionality of pottery, as well as my joy in collaboration that launched this business on Mothers’ Day in 2015.    It all began with a local flower farmer in Maine, for whom I had the privilege of creating ceramic pitchers and mugs to display her floral designs.   This led me to begin creating new a new line of work for the Deering Oak's  Farmers’ Market in downtown Portland. Today Campfire Studio continues to grow! To see where we sell our work, check out the "Stockiest" tab at the bottom of the page! 

 

What We Do

We currently offer a  variety of ceramic planters, floral containers, and dinnerware. We love to collaborate with florists and other artists, and we really love making anything that we can throw a plant or some flowers in! To find out where we will be selling, check out our Upcoming Events page or follow us on Instagram. We often pop up around Portland, as well as at select shows around the New England area.

We offer a Pop-Up Workshop, called the Botanical Bar, where we set up a plant bar at the location of your choosing and teach you and your friends how to make your own mini succulent garden in one of our handmade containers. Workshop Page with details  coming soon!  

Our Process

Porcelain is our primary medium, because we love the smoothness of the clay and its intense white coloring.  We bring in color by recycling our scraps of clay and hand dying it in batches to create natural grays and other neutrals.   Marbling is done by mixing the colored clay with the pure white clay during the throwing process. We love that with marbling every piece is completely unique! 

For more details about collaborations, wholesale orders, or events send us an email at Kristen.campfire@gmail.com! We can't wait to hear from you!!