Who We Are
In early 1997, Pam O’Brien was more than ready to leave her 25+ year career in the insurance industry and try something creative. Her daughter, Kimberley Raiguel, was living in Salisbury, MD and was directing a live newscast at a local ABC affiliate station. Pam had heard of the new trend of pottery painting and in April paid a visit to a studio in Pennsylvania, the only studio in our area at that time. Six months later, Pam, with the help of husband Pat & daughter Kim, opened All Fired Up!, South Jersey’s Original Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, in charming, historic Haddonfield. After 10 years in business, All Fired Up! moved to their current location in Collingswood.
A family owned business, our only priority is to make your visit to our studio a pleasant and memorable time. We’ve been open since October 1997 and we’re still having fun. The best part of this business is the people who frequent our lives. We have made many new friends since we opened our doors. They become part of our family. Our staff is family too. Terry, a customer since we opened, joined us January 2005. Terry was promoted to Assistant Manager as of January 1st 2014. She loves her job and works so hard. She tells us she is never leaving! Melissa started in the fall of 2012 and is the daughter of one of my oldest friends so I have known her since she was born. She has been a perfect fit and was promoted to Manager as of January 1st 2016. and is now training other employees on kiln work. Karen started with us in October 2011 and is a welcome addition. Karen is our wonderful Art Teacher and is handling all of our Summer Workshops; our Kids Artastic Workshops, our Adult Workshops and Canvas Workshops too. Veronica started with us in the fall of 2013 and she is an incredibly hard worker and is starting to be trained on the kilns too. We had Julia join us the summer of 2015 she is in High school and plays field hockey. Mikayla, Kim’s Step daughter, is back working for us after the birth of her son Mason whom you might see at the studio once in a while. He is 1 and a half! Where does the time go? Ashley has been with us since spring 2015. Ashley is a very talented singer and is a joy to work with. So our family keeps growing – again thanks to you. We continue to be blessed as all of our employees are wonderful additions to All Fired Up!
But our best addition so far has been my youngest granddaughter and Kim’s daughter, Ryleigh Daisy. She has been coming to All Fired Up! since she was 6 months old and has probably painted at least half of the pieces we stock! She is one of our best painters already. She loves to paint and even today is still excited when her pieces come out of the kiln all shiny and pretty. She started 7th grade this fall and so is not spending much time at the studio anymore (which I am not happy about). She is definitely a little entrepreneur in training! She recently asked me if she could work at All Fired Up! However, she already knows that being the boss is hard work and doesn’t want to take it on yet!
You’ll find all of our staff helpful and friendly and oh, so patient. We love our jobs and we love our customers!
As you can tell in the pictures, we are huge Philadelphia Union fans. My husband played soccer in college back in the 70’s on a soccer scholarship and we love having our own professional team to follow and love.
The image below is an illustration drawn by one of our past employees, Lauren, who left us after getting a job in her chosen career as an illustrator and “doodled” these images one day. I asked her to add color so I could put it on our webpage. She did an incredible job, don’t you think? How fun! All of our employees are included – even Ryleigh! Hopefully I can get her to keep doing these for me as our family keeps growing.
Can you pick out your favorite crew member?