Get to Know Me - Cam Edition
Hey! I'm Cam, the creator and maker of Empire Copper.
I live in Perth, Western Australia and have done for almost my entire life with the exception of a little stint living in North Queensland. I am married to my wife, Beth who is also my business partner.
Over the years, I've had many hobbies such as BMX, fire spinning, powerlifting and working on whatever car I had at the time. When I finally settled on copper-smithing, I never imagined that my hobby would become my career.
I am a trade qualified sheet metal worker and have been doing that for the last 9 years. My first introduction to copper was in 2017. I became instantly fascinated with its properties and how different to other metals it was. I started experimenting with copper outside of my day job and I quickly became occupied with copper patination.
In mid 2019, I created @empirecopper on Instagram for the purpose of being a blog. I figured my friends had probably tired of seeing my experiments on my personal Instagram and so I made the switch. The more I shared, the more feedback I got and before I knew it, I was starting to get custom requests. By October 2019, we were selling on Etsy and early in 2020 we made our first overseas sale to Las Vegas, Nevada - stoked was an understatement!
Since then, we haven't really stopped; including the launch of this website on January 1st, 2021. We are constantly dreaming up new product ideas, making prototypes and experimenting with patination.
When I think about our range, I always struggle to decide on a favourite piece. Today I've got two:
I really like making our blue patina pieces as no matter how many times I have made one, each piece still looks unique with it's own individual patina design. Our aged brass design was something that Beth had pictured in her head for so long and seeing it all come together has been awesome, people are really loving the finished product.
If you've read this far, thank you and I will leave you with one more 'Cam fact', today is... MY BIRTHDAY! 30 again, of course. 🎈