Hello, I’m Jordan Castro. My wife Annastasia and I live on Plum Island in Newburyport, Massachusetts. We handcraft products for our small business, Culinarium.
I never would have guessed five years ago that our family would be making a living crafting concrete kitchenwares. Our business is truly the product of the experiences that my wife and I have shared, and our products reflect so many things about us: we enjoy cooking and baking; we appreciate simple and austere design; we share a love of all things maritime. Of course, my past life as a project manager who specialized in concrete mix design was a big influence as well!
Our process for creating a new product can take anywhere from six months to a year, and sometimes even longer. We start by drawing several versions of our idea. Next, we create a final draft, make refinements, and fabricate a prototype in our shop. We usually test the prototype for a few weeks to see how well it functions and whether the aesthetics are right. If all goes well, we create molds from the prototype, and then we’re ready to start casting products from our own blend of concrete.
I think what makes Culinarium special is the way we are dedicated to bringing unique products to the marketplace. Our mission is about more than utilizing an ancient material in a novel way – it’s to create products we honestly love. Etsy has been an integral part of our success, and it’s not hyperbole for me to declare that I’m not sure we would have any business at all if not for Etsy!
We are incredibly lucky to be making a living doing what we love, and I’m grateful to everyone who has ever purchased or shown an appreciation for our products. Owning our creative business has allowed us to trust our own instincts and follow our own path. Knowing that our fans love our work is incredibly flattering and validating.
All photographs by Culinarium.