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Introducing: Modern Metal Hair Ties

Thursday, July 24th, 2014






It’s official – this summer is HOT!  The mercury can easily rise to around 90 degrees in our steamy ceramic studio, which made me start thinking of different ways to tie my hair back.  After experimenting with several different materials the solution was simple –  the Modern Metal Hair Tie.  A lightweight, polished piece of brass or copper, fixed with a hair elastic on the inside.  It creates a look that is functional and elegant, easily transitioning from casual day to more formal night styles.  My studio mate Erin Gardner of Studio ERG, an experienced jeweler and metal-smith, is assisting us in manufacturing several designs for different types of hair and styling.

You might be thinking, “What the heck is Caravan Pacific doing making hair accessories?”  It’s a good question.  I love creating our lighting.  And things that are useful.  Things that are well-made.  Modern.  Beautiful!  I’ve designed these pieces for the woman who is looking for great modern design.  Someone who will appreciate considered details and quality in craftsmanship.  Even if it’s something as small and subtle as a hair tie.

We’ll be launching the Modern Metal Hair Ties on our site Monday July 28th and at Betsy + Iya Thursday, August 7th.  Stay posted for details!


Photos by Shannon Guirl  //  Styling by Emily Katz  //  Models:  Fonda Sanchez, Molly Georgetta






Small and subtle: The Sullivan

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Just a quick snap of the Sullivan at our studio in N. Portland.  The Sullivan is quickly becoming one of our customer’s favorites.  With it’s small size, simple shape and textured linen shade- it’s the perfect lamp to quietly brighten up that little corner in your room that needs some light.  Available in all our glaze, wood and shade selections.  See our Custom Listing to create your own.

New Colors for 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014


We’re proud to introduce our New Glaze Colors for 2014:  Ochre, Cobalt, Peony, Matte Black and SpeckleAvailable now on our website in the combinations you see here or in the Custom Listing for all our lamp styles.  Photos by Dan Cronin.


New Woods for Fall 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013


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!

Turned Bowls and Vessels by Kevin Poest

Monday, July 22nd, 2013



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


Floor Sample Sale this Thursday!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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
Suite #120
Portland, OR 97209
*Entrance on NW 18th Street



New! Deca Vessels

Thursday, January 31st, 2013



I'm really excited to announce the release of a new product in our online store this month: the Deca Vessel.
It's a water-tight ceramic pot that works beautifully as a vase or planter for succulents, herbs and sedum.
These little guys do a great job of highlighting the beautiful things you put inside with their many facets.

Available in white matte and black matte.  Purchase, pricing and details available in our online shop.
Also available at these fine retailers in February:

Modern Market in New Orleans, LA
Sprout Home in Chicago, IL and Brooklyn, NY
Woonwinkel in Portland, OR


Showroom Spotlight : Lynn Read of Vitreluxe Studios

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013


I’m very excited to have Vitreluxe Studio’s beautiful glass vases in our Showroom this month.  Glassblower Lynn Read brings each shape into being in his Sellwood studio, combining smooth organic shapes with bright colors.  His work has been honored for many years in the design community and I’m honored to show his glassware this month.  Here’s a short Q + A with Lynn on his work and what inspires him:


What inspires the shapes of your glassware?  

I think negative shape is as important as the positive space.  I like to see a dialog between the two.  I love implied lines that converge within a shape or shift the eye’s focus.  I work with a blown material, so I like to allow that tension and compression to be part of the shape.  I design for those to be the details of the shape.

Who first inspired you to make something?

I would give credit to my older brother for teaching me how to improve.  We would build choppers from BMXs, rockets from cardboard tubes, forts with tumbleweeds, and rafts from salvaged materials- then float the Willamette River from Mission Park to Sprongs Landing.

How has your work grown over the years? 

Working with glass is very challenging.  It requires serious dedication and patience.  Along the way, my ideas have evolved and I now enjoy the freedom to explore sculpture as well as vessels.  I have always struggled with the narrative in my work, but it has become easier with age.  Recently, I have allowed that into my work.  I think it’s interesting now because I’ve developed a heightened awareness of the physics of glass… liberation!

 What’s the most satisfying thing about your work?

Being able to work with my hands and body within the choreography of a team.  I enjoy teaching glassblowing and working with my friends in the studio as a career.


We’re Opening a Showroom!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I’m so psyched to tell you about a project I’ve been working on this fall.  We’re opening a showroom in Northwest Portland! 

Please join us Tuesday, November 20th for some pre-holiday cheer and drinks at our new spot:

Caravan Pacific Showroom Social
Tuesday, November 20th, 6 – 9pm
1720 NW Lovejoy Street (cross street NW 18th Ave.)
Portland, Oregon  97209

Our new home is cozy storefront on NW 18th and Lovejoy and is the result of several months of hard work by myself and several of my friends.
The showroom will be a way for me to meet with members of the trade, test out new designs I’m working on, and support Portland’s design community.
Each month, we’ll be featuring the work of a local artist / maker in our window, accompanied with a short blog post on their work.  Please check out
our first Showroom Spotlight:  Jason Russell of Syrk Tableware.

The Showroom will be open to the public every first Thursday from 6 – 9pm starting in January 2012 and to the trade by appointment.
Stay posted with updates on our blog and facebook for our future events, including Tinselbox our Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

Please contact Shannon for more details at

(Clockwise:  Harold, our new showroom mascot // Delicate pottery by Jason Russell of Syrk Tableware fills the showroom window //
Lamps lit up in our new display built by Callum Clark // Curling up with our newest editon of the Alberta, Blue Crackle & Cherry.)




Sneak Peek: New Planters

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


Here’s a few quick shots of some new planters we’ve been working on.  Faceted dodecahedron planters in white, black and several other colors will be available later this fall.  They fit small succulents and sedum and can easily sit on a windowsill.  We think they look nice arranged in a trio, and can be arranged in many different patterns.  More colors and photos on the way soon!