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2016 Holiday Show Schedule

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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Thompson Street Studios Sale

WHEN: Saturday, December 3, from 12-5

WHERE: 522 N Thompson, Portland, OR 97227

WHO:  Sara Barner, Emily Katz/Modern Macrame, Wood & Faulk,  Minoux Jewelry, Andy Paiko, Le Cou, Caravan Pacific, Ginew, AK Studio, Uni Jewelry and Women’s Studies.

Enter our giveaway for $1000 of amazing merchandise!

Enjoy delicious drinks from Union Wine and Merit Badge Co.

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: We want to make it easy for you to enter, so you can do it online! Follow the link below for one entry. For one additional bonus entry, attend the Saturday event and enter in person.You don’t need to be present to enter or win.
http://eepurl.com/coF4uD

GIVEAWAY ITEMS:
$100 gift certificate from Wood & Faulk
$100 gift certificate from Le Cou
Canvas Thompson Bag from Sara Barner
$125 gift certificate from Minoux Jewelry
Macrame Plant Hanger Kit and Macrame Wall Hanging Kit from Emily Katz at Modern Macrame
Mimosa Wall Charm from AK Vintage
Deja Planter and Women’s accessories from Caravan Pacific
Enola Necklace from Uni Jewelry
and more…

 

Slab Rolling Demo at the Portland Flea!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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Hi there!  I’ll be doing a short demo on slab rolling at Rejuvenation this Sunday as part of the line-up at Portland Flea.  I can’t wait to show you how fun this handy tool is and what you can do with it!

Slab rolling is a really easy and fun way to make shapes and textures with clay.  I’ll have clay and some tools and molds on hand for you to try it yourself.  Kids welcome, prepare to get your hands dirty!

Rejuvenation / Portland Flea
SE 6th & Salmon
Sunday, October 30th
12noon – 2pm
Demo inside Rejuvenation (Portland location)

 

 

 

 

 

NYNow 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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We’re excited to be showing several new designs at NYNow this summer.  Please visit us in Booth #3854 to view samples of our new Powell Table Lamp, Manzanita Glaze and Women’s Accessories.  Our boothmates Vitreluxe and Bean & Bailey will also be bringing some beautiful new wares to the show.  See you there!

On Creative Time

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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Hi! I thought I’d start off the week with some books I’ve been reading on work-life balance. Recently, I was on a panel where someone asked, “How do you make time to be creative while running a business?” Having time to make things that I love is one of the reasons I started Caravan Pacific. But between balancing the books, managing employees, keeping up on orders and the myriad of other things you do to keep things running,  I sometimes feel lucky if I can pull my pants on in the morning much less think up a good idea for a new product. Luckily, I’ve found a few things that work for me in balancing my time and being creative:

• Focus and move towards one goal throughout the year

The book, The One Thing, outlines how to minimize distractions and focus on accomplishing creative and financial goals in a realistic way.  Last year, my main focus was on how to build a good inventory system for my business as it grew.  We’re still growing and adapting new technologies and strategies for this, but I feel we now have a good system in place that feels right for our business.

• Build a good team to help you manage your time

Hiring a studio manager who works full time at our company was a total game changer.  I was no longer struggling to ship out orders while on the phone with a vendor or juggling POs while going through our inventory.  Having someone to help out with a number of regular functions in the business has helped free up a significant amount of time so I could develop new products and start a family.  The book, E-Myth Revisited, is a great read if you’re new to scaling a business and breaking it down into positions to help manage growth.

•Work less or work more, just work at the tempo that feels right for you

I’ve realized that the pressure of a deadline sometimes helps me knock things out creatively and can be more satisfying for me than a steady stream of days each month that I’ve blocked out to focus on product design.  Realize that your schedule may have to be a little flexible to allow for creative growth.  Off-Balance is a great book on re-imagining work-life balance and what it takes to be satisfied as a creative individual.

• Practice patience

Something I wish I would have said in answer to that initial question of where to find creative time is: have patience with yourself and your craft.  Not everything you work towards is going to be a win.  If you don’t have a little struggle or some misses, I believe you’re creating a great deal of fragility, if not boredom, in your business and work.  I love stretching my boundaries, but have to remind myself that I’m not always going to see the success that I think is imminent.  Many of the crafts I focus on now (wood turning, slip-casting, electrical design) take years, sometimes a lifetime, to fully understand and master.  In Praise of Slowness is a great book on the wisdom of slowing down, personally and as a culture, to reap the rich benefits of a life more fully realized.  Carl Honore, the author, is one of my favorites and has a number of great books on the subject.

Hope you get to read at least one of these books!  I found them all to have moments of wisdom and inspiration for building my business.  Please share if you know of others or have feedback on the ones above.  Always looking for a good read…

Shannon

We’re Hiring!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

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Caravan Pacific is growing and looking for a part-time Jeweler to help us build our women’s accessories department.  Do you have experience soldering metal and love making things?  This is the job for you!  Work with a team of young, dedicated makers who have a passion for making high-quality products.

The ideal candidate for this job has three years of soldering and torch experience, a sharp eye for details and enjoys working in a team environment.

Please download our Job Description for more details and how to apply.

PDF Version here.

 

Caravan Pacific Turns Four!

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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  • It’s our fourth birthday! As a thank you to those who have helped our business grow so much over the past four years, we’re giving away an Alberta Table Lamp! Read on to learn how to enter.

  • To enter:

    • Repost this picture, or any of our previous pictures about the contest.

    • Follow and tag @caravanpacific

    • Use hashtag #cp4thbirthday

    • Winner will receive a White + Walnut Alberta Lamp with a White Shade. U.S. only. Shipping included.
    • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 26th.
    • Winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 29th.

 

 

 

Bobby and the Big Leaf Maple

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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When I started my business a few years ago, I had a vision of what it would look like.  Mostly just me, in a garage, puttering away happily, making lamps one by one.   In the last year, we’ve grown to three employees, several contractors and a list of over 50 vendors that we work with on a steady basis.  In other words: still a small business, but much larger than my vision of a sole maker hammering away in the night.  The last year has really taken my breath away in how we’ve expanded and the things we’ve been able to do.  And I’ve realized that, as the business evolves and grows – so do I.  When the business gets busier and life gets more hectic, I find myself going back to the basic reasons of why I started my company.

One of them is Bobby , a woodturner I met when I was creating my first lamp prototype.  Bobby turns 90 this month and hasn’t slowed down a bit.  When I visited him earlier this month at his shop, he was wrestling a 100 lb. block of Big Leaf Maple onto his bandsaw.  A quick look around Bobby’s shop will tell you that he’s been doing anything but retiring.  Gouges are stacked up near his old pulley-driven lathe, sawdust covers the floor, and fresh piles of wood scraps creep up knee-high in some places.  As we hoist the chunk of wood up onto the bandsaw, Bobby tells me that it comes from the third largest Big Leaf Maple tree in Oregon.  “Look at this,” he says pointing to a beautiful velvet-black ribbon of spalt threading it’s way through the wood, a characteristic highly prized by turners.  “This piece really says something!”  I love that after all his years around wood, he still gets excited and shares his victories.

When I’m in Bobby’s shop, time seems to melt away, the steady hum of the lathe and the scent of sawdust are a calming balm from all my daily thoughts and worries.  Just being around Bobby teaches me the lesson I have the hardest time remembering, to slow down and enjoy life.  He moves with purpose around the floor of his shop, carrying the block of the Big Leaf with him to the jointer.  “I’ve been around this long because I love what I do!  When you love what you do, it’s not work.  There’s not a lot of people in this world that can say that.”

I turn 40 this year, less than half of Bobby’s age.  Whenever I feel like I’m straying from my true path in life, I feel lucky to know Bobby and I think of him at his lathe.  Turning Big Leaf Maple into piles of sawdust and gold.

 

Friday, April 17th, 2015

We’ll be joining our friends for a fantastic sale this Saturday from 10am – 2pm.  Union Wine Co and Stumptown will be in the house providing some great libations for all your shopping.  Get there early for the best deals!

Caravan Pacific at Home • Casey Keasler of Casework

Monday, January 19th, 2015

 

 

Many thanks to our friend Casey Keasler who took these beautiful photos of our Alberta Table Lamp over the holidays.  Casey just started a new company focused on her love for interior design • Casework.  I love how she styled our lamp with a minimalist wreath from Fieldwork Flowers.  Check out her site for more of her beautiful work and one of my favorite companies here in Portland.

 

 

Winter Show Schedule

Monday, December 1st, 2014

 

Please visit us + friends at these upcoming holiday shows!

West Coast Craft
December 6 + 7th, 10am – 6pm
Fort Mason Pavilion, San Francisco CA

The Makery Winter Market
December 13th, Noon – 6pm
Holocene, Portland OR

 

(Desk and side table by StudioMoe)