Bill Campbell has always had an eye for unique art. So much that he has been creating fine art of his own for over 30 years. He’s art has been called by newspapers articles the artist that creates from forest to fire for his pottery and from leaf to board for his one of a kind charcuterie boards.
Bill Campbell has had a hand in pottery since he was 10 years old. Fast forward 30 years and the Campbell’s talents have come to fruition. He started hand sculpting raku pottery in WI . Raku pottery is a Japanese technique of firing clay in the outside elements that started in the 15th century. Bill has 1st place ribbons at several art shows. He also has been featured in galleries within the Fox Valley area and as of recent, 116 Gallery in St. Charles prior to Covid.
Bill took a break for a while to focus on his business at Bill and Sid’s Most Excellent Floor Sanding. (voted Best of the Fox 2018 & 2020) During that time, he would venture back to WI where he started creating his pottery on his parent’s 40 acres. During his visits with his parents, they would walk the property trails and discovered there were many black walnut trees that have fallen and need to be logged to preserve the woods. It was then Bill wanted to create something beautiful from these trees. Campbell Creations came to life by taking these trees and shaping them into one of a kind charcuterie boards. Bill made one for his wife, Shawn Campbell and she felt confident people would want these in their homes to share with their family and friends. Campbell Creations now has a small shop outside of downtown St. Charles located at 803 S. 5th avenue.
Campbell Creations has many charcuterie boards to choose from, as well as their raku and porcelain pottery. They feature their charcuterie boards as functional art. When you are not entertaining with your fine meats and cheeses they can be hung as a piece of decorative art. Many people have asked them how he comes up with the shape of his charcuterie boards. With years in the trade, working with wood, Bill simply follows the grain. Bill has taken his charcuterie boards to a new level by adding colorful organic epoxy that he submerges anything from seashells, to leaves. The epoxy pieces he creates can take up to 14 days as there are many layers of technique and beauty he submerges into each board. Charcuterie has really been a hot trend, especially in these times when people are home more. Campbell Creations has created their own “charcuterie family” by posting their own decorating display with their meats and cheeses on their charcuterie boards. It been helpful to display so others can get ideas.
803 S. 5th Avenue
St. Charles IL 60174