Maine Makers Blog Series | Campfire StudioKristen & Joe Camp

I first met Kristen & Joe of Campfire Studio, a Maine pottery studio, when David and I had made a trip out to Maine to look at houses. I started following Campfire Studio on Instagram and soon fell in love with their creations. I’m an avid mug collector (read: hoarder…addict some may even say) so of course one of their mugs joined my collection when we visited them for their open house a couple weekends ago.

I loved loved loved shooting Kristen while she threw some clay and effortlessly (at least it look effortlessly to me) made some vessels. I know I wouldn’t be nearly half as good at it as Kristen is but I’d love to try…and would you know it, they offer classes…*wink wink* here’s to hoping my other half sees this. Keep scrolling to read some about Campfire Studio, the couple behind the company, and their new retail space!

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  • Tell us a little about Campfire Studios!
                 Joe and I, Kristen Camp, are a husband and wife team creating handmade pottery that is designed to inspire the art of giving and entertaining. Our business officially began on Mother’s Day weekend back in 2015. We created handmade pitchers for local flower farmer and designer, Carolyn Snell for Mother’s Day arrangements. This was a really neat collaboration that gave us the seed money to build our very first Farmer’s Market Booth. For the first two summers we sold at the Saturday Farmer’s Market and local pop-up shops. It wasn’t until this year that we started doing more wholesale and moved into our new studio and retail space in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook. This is a huge improvement from our first studio which was in the basement of our apartment. It’s amazing what a beautifully well lit space can do for your creativity level. Two techniques that we specialize in are Raku and Marbled Porcelain. Each of these techniques have a very distinct look and neither of these can completely be controlled which is why I think we like them so much.
  • How did you get started?
                I originally went to school for 2-dimensional art studying painting and drawing but in my sophomore year I took a pottery class and completely fell in love with it and changed my major. After college when Joe and I met, I had just gotten my own wheel. Joe was one of those guys that loved doing things with his hands and we bonded over working on projects together. Our group of friends would get together at my place and we would have pottery and cooking nights, which is when I taught Joe how to make pottery for the first time. He ended up taking a class at the local college and I took it upon myself to help him get an “A” in the class (basically we both used this as an excuse to hang out with each other. This lead to us dating and eventually getting married). We’ve been making pottery together ever since!

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  • What are your favorite products to create?
               I love making planters, specifically raku planters. Raku is funny because it’s not food safe and is somewhat porous so it can be limiting what you can make with it. It’s so incredibly beautiful though and is perfect for plants. Raku is an ancient Japanese firing technique that is fired in an outdoor kiln. When the pots start to glow and the glaze reaches temperature, the pots are pulled from the kiln and placed in a barrel full of combustibles. The barrel is then sealed to create a reduction where you can get some really beautiful metallics. After the pieces have cooled a little they are then plunged into water to create the crackle effect. It’s an intense process but it’s totally worth the outcome.
  • Where are you guys located? 
               Our studio and newly finished retail space is located in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook (90 Bridge Street, Suite 226 Westbrook, ME 04092) We are happy to announce we have our space open for shopping on MondayFriday 10am-5pm through December 22nd and then we’ll be open by appointment after that.

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  • What do you love about the creative community here in Maine?
                We love the way people find value in supporting the local artisans and businesses. I believe this is why Portland has so much to offer. People are able to chase after their dreams because this community believes in supporting them. It keeps our culture and traditions alive.
  • We know you just recently did a pop-up shop at Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland- first, what other coffee shops do you love in Maine? Second, where else can we find Campfire Studios to purchase products?
               Coffee is our life-blood. We of course love, love Tandem and Omi’s and Speckled Ax are both amazing too!
               We of course, sell our work right out of our studio in our newly designed retail space in the Mill. We also sell our work at Flea-For-All in Portland, as well as Gus & Ruby Letterpress, Home Remedies and Gingham.

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Portland Maine Wedding

I won’t forget this wedding for a while because it was the first wedding I got to photograph (with Greta Tucker) as a Portland Maine resident. I was exhausted from the long drive across the country and I had a mile long list of things to do, phone calls to make, stuff to buy from moving states. But this wedding was just a joy to be a part of! I walked John over to the First Look location right in downtown Portland Maine and I told him how beautiful his bride looks and he said, “She looks beautiful on a Wednesday.” It was so sweet to hear him talk so lovingly about his bride and about their life they had made together- even when distance separated them.

Such a fun and perfect day shooting first in front of an old brownstone in Portland Maine and then traveling over to Falmouth Maine to the Falmouth Country Club celebrating their vows- with Abby’s grandma being their flower girl, how adorable is that- while their guests sipped on Maine drinks and then a great tented party with their friends and family from all over the country. Though I’m still getting used to the east coast style dancing which has the bride and groom have their first dance before dinner. It still catches me off guard every time but I love the sentiment behind it so much. Abby & John had their guests join in with them after their dance was done and if I could go back and redo my wedding I would have the dance party begin asap toon! Oh and let’s not forget that bouquet from Broadturn Farm in Scarborough Maine- I could photograph Abby and that organic, airy, dahlia filled bouquet all day long. Thanks for letting me tag along, Greta Tucker!

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Granite Ridge Estate | Elegant Maine Barn WeddingFrancis & Funmi

This was a wedding for the records! I had reached out to Heidi over at She Luxe Weddings and told her I was moving back to Maine and that if any of her couples were looking for a photographer I would love to chat with them. Well, perfectly enough, she had a couple who was living in Minnesota just a couple hours from myself and was having an elegant barn wedding in Maine. I was able to do their engagement session a year prior and then made my way to Norway Maine for their wedding at Granite Ridge Estate.

 

Francis and Funmi’s family was coming from everywhere with a good portion of them coming from Nigeria so the couple chose Maine because they thought it would be a lovely place for people to visit and vacation to. Their wedding was perfect with plenty of happy tears flowing. It truly was one of my favorite weddings to be a part of!

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Venue- Granite Ridge Estates

 

Dress- Monique Lhuillier

Dress Boutique- L’Atelier Couture

 

Floral- Emily Carter Floral Design

Linen- BBJ Linens

 

 

K Colette Shop | Maine MakersOld Port Shop

I recently started a little blog series where I featured Maine Creatives, Makers, and Wedding Industry Professionals. You can read about Sara Fitz Studio & The Little Things in past post in this same series! This post is about one of my favorite shops here in Maine, right in the Old Port, called K Colette. K Colette is a shop that is full of small batch makers here in Maine and all over the world. I got to photograph the shop and chat with the workers there. Below you’ll see some pictures of some faces you’ll see when you visit and some of their stellar products that they carry! Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your adorable shop, K Colette.
After years of being a teacher, a hands-on mom, and an active member of the local community, I was ready for a change of pace. I had always been drawn to artful, one-of-a-kind products like textiles and ceramics, as I have artists in my own family whose work I’ve always championed and who gave me a special appreciation for craft. It felt like a natural extension to support the work of a wider community of creatives by opening this type of store, that’s dedicated not only to supporting our local artisans and makers but bringing the work of more far-flung, even international, artists, into the fray.

How or why did K Colette start? How has it morphed over the years?
K colette was founded with the mission of supporting artisans, sharing their stories and processes with our customers, and creating an atmosphere that feels conducive not only to shopping but also discovery. We value supporting the creativity of people who bring beauty and craft into the world, and we like to think that a product bought from our shop is a vow of support to the artist who made it. The store has evolved to include a more diverse variety of artisans—we now carry products made all over the world, from Mexico to South Africa, Transylvania to Peru, France to India.

I love that you feature Maine artists and makers- how do you come about finding them?
Much of what we carry in the store is dictated by the feeling we get when we meet an artisan and hear their story. Whether that’s at a trade show, through a mutual friend, or even on Instagram, we hand select the products that go into the store based on their beauty and craftsmanship as well as the relationship we have with the person or people that make them. We’re lucky that many talented vendors contact us with product submissions directly, which is how we’ve come to sell many of our favorite things in the store.

 

You’re right in the Old Port- what are you favorite things to do there?
One of the best parts about being right on Commercial Street is experiencing the working waterfront right behind our store, where the lobstermen bring in their catch every day. Its such a walkable, vibrant part of the city and we’re surrounded by great restaurants like Scales, top-notch bakeries like Standard Baking Company, and delicious coffee spots including Arabica and Coffee by Design. Our favorite shopping destinations besides k colette are Zane, Judith, Peyote Moon, and soon-to-be Fitz & Bennett Home,opened by one of our beloved former k colette team members.

 

What is your favorite part about the creative community here in Maine?
Our favorite part about the creative community here in Maine is the breadth and diversity of their talents. We have a wonderful relationship with a host of local painters—Jill Matthews shares her vision of the serene natural scenes that dot the Maine coastline, Holly Brooks’s abstract, colorful artwork tells the story of our islands and seascapes, and the masterful Johanna Moore hand-gilds her beautiful landscape carvings. When it comes to textiles, an industry on which Maine has long prided itself, we’re proud to work with Brahms Mount, based right up north in Monmouth, and Nanne Kennedy of The Maine Blanket. Nanne’s process is really inspiring: on 80 acres in mid-coast Maine, she raises sheep bred for their soft, superfine wool. She then dyes the yarn using solar-derived heat and natural salts and acids from seawater and weaves them on antique looms. Nanne’s work is but one example of the kind of craft and artistry you can find in this great state.

What is your favorite local ice cream spot?
Captain Sam’s and Gorgeous Gelato!