Building a Clay Oven Workshop with J. Patrick Manley (Rescheduled to 7/19 due to inclement weather)
to Jul 21

Building a Clay Oven Workshop with J. Patrick Manley (Rescheduled to 7/19 due to inclement weather)

PRICE $610

Stay at the inn 2 Nights and receive a FREE 3 day workshop!







Friday, July 19th from 3pm - 6pm

Saturday, June 29th from 8am - 4pm

Sunday, June 30th from 8am - 4pm.


Join Pat Manley for a 3-day, hands-on workshop to build a clay oven at Squire Tarbox Inn. Learn the intricacies of building a clay dome in the thousand-year tradition of European and North American wood-fired baking. The workshop will begin Friday afternoon. Pat will discuss the step-by-step building process and what to expect for the next two days. Saturday and Sunday will be spent building the oven as a group. Participate in wood-fired cooking upon completion. This workshop is truly one-of-a-kind and space is limited to 10!

Class is limited to 10 participants. Register soon!

*If you are unable to attend Fri. you still have an opportunity to participate Sat. - Sun.

About J. Patrick Manley

Pat has been studying, designing and building wood-burning masonry heaters and wood-fired brick pizza and bread ovens since 1998. He has studied masonry heater design and construction in Sweden and Finland and travels throughout Maine and the U.S. building both heaters and bake ovens. Pat founded Masons on a Mission (MOM) thirteen years ago. MOM builds clean wood burning and vented masonry cooking stoves for Mayan families who live in the mountains of Guatemala. Millions of families burn open fires within their dwellings without proper ventilation, exposing family members to high concentrations of wood smoke and causing respiratory illness and loss of vision in the women who cook over "3 stone fires" daily. Pat travels to Guatemala every January/February to build stoves, bringing along a few dozen North American volunteers to help him. Read about Pat Manley in Down East Magazine and check out his 3-month, hand built brick oven at the beloved Purple House in Yarmouth, Maine.

What To Wear

Please come dressed appropriately for the event. Weather in Maine is unpredictable. Closed toed shoes are required. Loose clothes are not recommended. Please wear comfortable layers, workwear and bring rain gear just in case. Sunscreen and bug spray is recommended when working outdoors.

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Brian Kliewer Solo Art Exhibition
4:00 PM16:00

Brian Kliewer Solo Art Exhibition

Solo Art Exhibition (Free)

Join us for a Solo Art Exhibition with Maine’s acclaimed artist and painter Brian Kliewer. This event is free to the public. Brian will share his story and speak about his process. We look forward to gathering together as a community to champion a local artist. Art will be available for purchase.

Join us after for a family style dinner made in our wood-fired clay oven from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Tickets for dinner will be available for purchase following the show.

Olson House, oil on canvas - 24 x 30

Olson House, oil on canvas - 24 x 30

About Brian Kliewer

Art is my life. I decided to forgo a traditional bio. Instead, here's where my work comes from along with a few thoughts on painting... I'm self taught, been drawing and painting since childhood. I don't really think of myself as a "landscape" painter, per se, though I do enjoy it. However, due to an inherited condition that limits the time I can spend on my feet, I don't do much plein-air (on location) painting. For me it's not much of an option. I can do some but I have to be careful. Doctors warned me early on, "sedentary employment or nothing."  So how do I work?

I'm largely a studio painter. I often paint local subjects (within walking distance), using either photographs or sketches for reference. Rather than being a slave to photography I try to interpret my photos, adding from memory or leaving things out as I go.  I'm not driven by beautiful landscapes or grand vistas. While I might enjoy it, that kind of subject matter doesn't really interest me for painting. I need more and feel my best work comes from the places I know well and have a strong connection to. So I don't really feel limited by not getting around as other artists do. In fact, I see it as an advantage. How?

My condition slowed me down and forced me to look more closely at things. It caused me to become keenly aware of the light at a certain time of day or season; to understand the decay and dignity of a tree. It's given me a greater appreciation and perspective. It helped me develop my memory skills. I think it's also why I prefer grittier scenes to "pretty" ones.  With many of the scenes and subjects I paint there's an intimacy I can't really explain, but feel is directly tied to my background.  It's for this reason that I think it's benefited my work greatly.  Life, like art, often requires a certain tenacity.  I like to think that's reflected in my artwork. 


View Brian’s work at | follow @briankliewerart

Local Color  Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20

Local Color

Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20

Boathouse  Oil on Canvas, 12 x 24


Oil on Canvas, 12 x 24

Above Camden  Oil on Canvas, 12 x 16

Above Camden

Oil on Canvas, 12 x 16

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Campfire Studio Botanical Platter Pottery Workshop + Clay Oven Pizzas
2:00 PM14:00

Campfire Studio Botanical Platter Pottery Workshop + Clay Oven Pizzas


Cost: $150  per person or 2 at $125/each


  • Tools & Materials to create your own handmade ceramic platter

  • Clay Oven Fired Pizza Dinner

Join Campfire Studio at the historical Squire Tarbox Inn in Wiscasset, ME for an afternoon of foraging around the beautiful property for wild flowers & textures.

We will then retreat to the barn for a ceramic workshop where Kristen Camp will teach you hand building techniques to create your own handmade ceramic platter with a botanical print design using your foraged flowers and stems. 

After the workshop Joe Camp will be making pizza dough from scratch and you will be able to enjoy a clay oven fired pizza paired with wine to finish out the day. All pieces will be fired over the next 2 weeks and available for pick up at Campfire Studio on Washington Ave. or arrangements can be made to ship your piece.

Register in-store at Campfire Studio on Washington Ave. or online.

TICKETS: $150 each or 2 tickets for $125 each

Images courtesy of Meredith Brockington

Images courtesy of Meredith Brockington


About Kristen and Joe Camp

Campfire studio is a collaboration by the Camps; a husband and wife ceramic design team centered around creating a collection of ceramic heirlooms designed to inspire the art of entertaining. Their ethos is to create contemporary ceramic designs that bring people together- inside and outdoors. Campfire is not only their name, but a visual representation of their roots and brand identity. A campfire is the oldest art of human-gathering. It also symbolizes the outdoor environment where their Raku (Japanese-style ceramic process) is executed. Their goal is to share their love of travel, food and entertaining through their collection of high-end, handmade products.

The Campfire Studio has a shop located at The Black Box on Washington Ave. in Portland, Maine. Their art studio is located in the historic Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook.

Kristen and Joe have lovingly welcomed their newest member of Campfire Studio, Florence Camp!

Shop Campfire Studio | Follow @campfirestudios

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The New World Wine Dinner
5:30 PM17:30

The New World Wine Dinner



The Thistle Inn and SoPo Wine CO invite you to join us for a delicious evening in the gorgeous setting at The Thistle Inn in Boothbay Harbor (new location). 5 Courses paired with wines. Cocktail Hour begins at 5:30pm. Dinner from 6:00 - 9:00pm. Tickets: $99 (Gratuity included)


Grilled Peach & Butter Lettuce Salad

Seared Scallop & Avocado

Wild Mushroom Tart

Lollipop Lamb

Rhubarb Upside-down Cake


Boundary Breaks Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes)

Daou Chardonnay (Paso Robles)

Patricia Green Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

Rupert & Rothschild Classique Red (Franschhoek)

R.L. Buller & Son NV Fine Muscat (Victoria)

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French Wine Dinner - SOLD OUT
5:30 PM17:30

French Wine Dinner - SOLD OUT

Join us for an elegant evening of delicious classic French food and fantastic French wine, served in the most serene setting at the historic Squire Tarbox Inn Barn. 5 Courses prepared by Chefs at The Thistle Inn and wine pairings presented by Justin Wardwell of Wicked Wines and Jim Elston of Chemin des Vins.

Sole Meuniere
Nicoise Salad
Coq au Vin 
Creme Brulee

(Presented by Jim Elston of Chemin des Vins and Justin Wardwell of Wicked Wines)
Metz Cremant d'Alsace
Chateau Toutigeac Bordeaux Blanc
Chateau Fantou Cahors
Chateau de Lagorce Bordeaux 
Metz Pino Gris

TICKETS: $95 per person (Gratuity Included)

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Foraged Floral Workshop with John Sundling - SOLD OUT
3:00 PM15:00

Foraged Floral Workshop with John Sundling - SOLD OUT

The Workshop

Join John Sundling, Artist, Designer, plant enthusiast and Owner of Plant Office in Portland, Maine for an afternoon floral workshop. Learn the art of floral arranging by combining seasonal flowers sourced from local farms with branches, plants and flowers foraged on the Tarbox property. Take a walk through the wooded pines down to the salt marsh and gather native botanicals to build your wild bouquet. Back at the Inn, fresh local flowers will join our found treasures as we compose blossoms and arrange stems in to beautiful take-home arrangements. In addition, participants will receive a photograph of their work. Experience the magic of early evening on the coast of Maine, wrapped in the scent and wonder of flowers. Beverages and light fare will be provided.

Tickets: $90 or 2 for $75


About John Sundling

John Sundling in his plant shore and studio Plant Office in Portland, Maine.

John Sundling in his plant shore and studio Plant Office in Portland, Maine.

I’m as surprised as anyone to end up a florist, though it is just the latest medium in a life full of art and design. My professional life began in set design for theatre, working in Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, New Haven, Maine, and beyond. This is where my love of collaboration comes from.

In an attempt to realign myself and my practice, we moved to Maine in 2010. Soon after I was washing buckets at a flower shop, and about the same time found myself in the woods creating my first art installations. I struggled for a long time with my identity: am I an artist? Florist? Designer? But as the years have passed I realize that I am only myself, and that I love all these things equally, and that my advantage is being able to combine these together. 

My other pride-and-joy is Institute for American Art, an itinerant art museum-style project that I run with my husband, Chris Stiegler.

Plant Office

John’s floral installations enrich the spaces of award winning restaurants in Portland, ME including Eventide Oyster Co., Hugo’s, The Honey Paw, Drifter’s Wife and Cong Tu Bot. Visit his new plant shop at 17 Marion St, Portland, ME 04101. Follow |

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