Fine Porcelain Tableware, Handcrafted in Camden, Maine
Hello! We are Austin and Jess Smith, founders of Camden Clay Company. Austin has been making ceramics for over a decade under the name Austin P. Smith Ceramics. In 2012 we collaborated on our ceramic wedding favors, and found that when we work together, beautiful things happen. We decided to create a separate vehicle to explore and produce this new line of work, and Camden Clay Co. was born. Since then we have opened a showroom at our home and studio in Camden, Maine, and our wares can be found in shops and galleries across Maine and beyond. Camden Clay Company exists to make beautiful, functional porcelain objects meant for every day use.
We make everything by hand using "from-scratch" clay and glazes in our Camden, Maine studio. We use a process called slip casting, in which liquid porcelain clay is poured into a handmade plaster mold, removed once it has set, and meticulously hand finished to achieve our high standard for quality. We fire to a high temperature - Cone 10 - resulting in a finished piece that is dense, strong, and will stand up to daily use.
Our Studio and Showroom
Our studio and showroom are at our home, nestled in the tall trees and backroads of Camden. We live and work at the same property that has been home to the Smith family for decades. The studio was originally built in the 1970s by Austin's father, Sam, as a car workshop when his mother would no longer allow him to bring engines into the family's kitchen. The room that once was that same kitchen is now our showroom, a small, yet light and airy space were we display and sell our work, and occasionally host pop up shops with other fantastic Maine makers.
Our showroom is a scenic five-minute drive from downtown Camden. It is open to the public, and can be visited by making an appointment. If you come in July-September make sure to leave time to visit our across the street neighbors, Endless Summer Flower Farm. Their collection of over 200 varieties of dahlias is not to be missed.