12/2/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
It’s that time again folks! Join us at the Portland Bazaar this year for finely crafted gifts, books, music and grub! We’re looking forward to sampling some Woodblock Chocolate, checking out these beautiful chimes by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, and some of this salve by Maak soap lab after wrapping all those presents. I’ll have our lighting collection in new colors, along with some wood turned and wheel thrown goods from my studio. Come on by and say hi!
11/30/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
Lisa Jones of Pigeon Toe Ceramics and I were recently interviewed by for CJSW’s Space + Place radio program. It was a pleasure to speak with Amery about how Caravan got started and how The Makery, the collective studio Lisa and I work in, is helping me to become a better maker. CJSW Space + Place #29 Neighbourhood Terroir. (Interview starts at 11:40)
There are a number of great makers, bakers and neighborhood activists on the program, including our neighbors from Lowell, a unique store that sources hand crafted clothing, Navajo rugs, and the most beautiful carved wooden spoons you’ve ever held in your hand.
Listen and let us know what you think!
11/7/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
Hi everyone! I’m headed to San Francisco next weekend for the West Coast Craft show. If you’re in town, come on down to the Fort Mason Pavilion where over 100+ makers from California, Oregon and Washington will be displaying and selling their finely crafted wares. I can’t wait to check out new scents by Juniper Ridge, gorgeous jewelry by Tiro Tiro and see what Eric Trine’s got cookin’. I’ll have lamps in our new woods and several different colorways along with a few new surprises!
West Coast Craft
November 16 & 17, 2013
10am to 6pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
San Francisco, CA
9/13/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
One of my favorite artists, Ruth Asawa, passed away earlier this month. What an amazing person, mother and artist she was. With just crochet hooks and spools of wire, she was able to create intricately crafted worlds. The daughter of truck farmers in California, Asawa was placed in an internment camp with her family during WWII, where she learned how to draw under the tutelage of several fellow internees who had been animators for Walt Disney Studios. She went on to study art at Black Mountain College, learning how to weave on a trip to Mexico. Ruth later became a well-known artist, exhibiting her work in fine art museums across the country. A fierce advocate for creativity, she later started a children’s school for the arts in California. She’s one of my favorite artists because of the way she passed the feeling of creating and making on to others:
“When you put a seed in the ground, it doesn’t stop growing after eight hours. It keeps going every minute that it’s in the earth. We, too, need to keep growing every moment of every day that we are on this earth.”
8/22/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
We have some new woods in the works this Fall: Mahogany, Douglas Fir and a beautiful Red Oak. They look so nice paired up with our premiere woods, Black Walnut, Sugar Maple and Cherry. Need to make more things with wood!
8/2/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
Looking forward to this one! “Seconds” are items that don’t meet quality standards for retail but are lovely if you don’t mind a ding or two. Much of the time the different is barely noticable. I’ve got about 12 – 15 lamps in various colors and styles available, including the popular Alberta in White / Walnut (Only 2! Come early!). Studio Olivine will have letterpress cards for $1 and Pigeon Toe Ceramics will have part of it’s collection for sale at great prices. Looking forward to seeing you and showing you around the new studio! xo, Shannon
7/26/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
Just a quick post on a recent trip out to Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood. As Ray (my sweetheart) and I left the city, gray clouds hung over the road and I thought we might be sleeping in the drizzle that Portland is famous for. Instead, the skies cleared and we had a miraculously beautiful weekend. Trillium Lake, named for the flowers that surround it, was a breath of fresh air after a hot and hectic summer in Portland. We took a hike around the lake and then dove in- nothing beats the heat like a day at the lake. The highlight of the trip was seeing an osprey dive down into the lake and carry off a fish! So beautiful, hope to go back again soon…
7/22/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
I’m so excited to introduce to you the work of Kevin Poest, a good friend of mine and one of the wood turners I work with. Over the last two years, Kevin has been one of my biggest supporters and teachers in the world of wood turning*. Whenever I visit his studio, a large hunk of wood is usually suspended on his lathe, with a knee-high pile of wood shavings resting underneath. No project is too big. Or too intricate. Shelves full of turned vases, urns, bowls and objects du bois line the walls of his studio. He turns paper-thin vessels out of walnut, plum, alder, oak, plum, pear, cedar, fir and black locust… Nearly anything that comes out of the ground is fair game for Kevin’s lathe, and usually comes out looking better for it.
His work and the way he approaches turning, with a deep respect and joy for the trees his work comes from, has been a real inspiration to me.
From now until the end of August, several of Kevin’s beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces will be available for purchase in the Shop. Each piece has been crafted from local woods in Portland and is sealed with a food-safe finish. It gives me a lot of happiness to see such beautiful craftsmanship and to share it with you. Enjoy!
* You can follow my progress on Instagram with the hashtag #turningprogress
5/29/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
This June, I’ll be beginning a new phase of my business and will be moving into a manufacturing space in NE Portland. Our new studio will be located in an old warehouse from the 1950s in the industrial section of the city. It’s a great place about 3x as large as my previous one, full of old fir beams and rough wooden floors that have seen many years of hard work. It will have separate rooms for assembly and ceramic production- a space with lots of elbow room to grow into and dream bigger dreams.
You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter as the space comes to life (#caravanpacificstudio). Some good buddies of mine pitched in recently and we built the walls in about 6 hours! I’m really looking forward to moving in and beginning a new phase of Caravan Pacific. It’s been such a great experience so far. I can’t believe that barely 2 years ago this whole thing was just a twinkle in my eye! I owe so much to my first backers on Kickstarter and the creative community here in Portland for helping me and this business to grow creatively. It’s something that I haven’t forgotten and will keep at the heart of Caravan as it grows.
In thanks, I’d like to offer 10% off any of our products during the month of June! Enter in Promo Code NEWSTUDIO at checkout to claim your discount.
Thanks for reading and look forward to showing you more progress on our studio soon.
5/1/13 • posted by Caravan Pacific •
Help us clean house! We’ll be having a floor sample sale THIS THURSDAY, from 6 – 9 pm at our Showroom with several of our lamp styles at up to 40% off. Come get ‘em while they’re hot!
First Thursday Open House // May 2nd, 6 – 9 PM
Caravan Pacific Showroom
Lovejoy Activspace Building
1720 NW Lovejoy
Portland, OR 97209
*Entrance on NW 18th Street