From the Artist I make contemporary furniture, sculpture and accessories, made of various types of wood, some pieces with metal accents. Soft contours and subtle angles provide gentle flow and movement, creating a classic contemporary look. I primarily use woods native to the western North Carolina area including walnut, cherry, maple, oak and ash. By juxtaposing wood and metal, light and dark tones, smooth and rough textures I use furniture as a canvas.
As a military brat, I was raised all over the country by a career U.S. Navy father and an artist mother, and grew up with constant exposure to both the arts and the military. My mother has been a ceramic artist most of my life and I helped out in her pottery studio and at art shows during my childhood. Conversely, I would go to military air shows and weekend naval ship tours with my father. My work is continually inspired and informed by both the arts and crafts and military history and design.
After earning a degree in Public Relations I had doubts about my career working behind a desk and began trying to figure out how to build a career out of making things with my hands. After moving to North Carolina in 2001 I soon enrolled at Haywood Community College in their Professional Crafts: Woodworking program. While in school, at Haywood, I started my own woodworking business, Kampstudio.
My goal has always been to make furniture of the highest quality and to create pieces that I have never seen or experienced before. I strive for my work to be thoroughly influenced and informed by the past, while creating original and unique woodworking. I take the time to finely craft each piece of furniture in my studio using a mix of modern machinery and traditional hand tools.
Memberships, Awards & Recognitions •Member, Piedmont Craftsmen •2010: NICHE Awards, Professional Finalist, Wood: Traditional Joinery •2006: NICHE Awards, Student Finalist, Mixed and Miscellaneous Media •2006: Design Emphasis Awards, 3rd place in Seating, International Woodworking Fair