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About the Studio

Fire Me Up is an all-inclusive creative art studio located in beautiful downtown Cranford, NJ. We opened our doors in 2013, and we’ve been firing up creative fun ever since. Join us to paint pottery or canvas, fuse glass, decorate board art, or learn to throw clay on a pottery wheel. We offer many projects on a walk in basis, and also plan lots of great classes and workshops every month. Check out our events calendar to learn more, and sign up for a class!

Come as a group or on your own, whether you’re a novice or an expert, because our studio is the perfect place for creative play and fun! We can accommodate groups of 80+, and our open studio throughout the day requires no reservations. The price of items includes all the materials, studio time and firing. Items are priced individually and range from $8 & up. The average item is $25-35 and takes 1-2 hours to complete. Our glazes are non-toxic and food safe.

We are the ideal place for birthday parties, ladies’ night out, scouts gatherings, school field trips, art classes and more! We also have pottery-to-go, or we can even come to you for a special event!

Due to COVID restrictions, we are currently only open for camp and Pottery to Go.  We will be RE-OPENING with reservations only at 25% capacity starting September 12th, 2020.  In the meantime, you can shop our Pottery To Go options and enjoy painting in our outdoor tables or in the comfort of your home.  Pottery to Go orders can be picked up Monday-Saturday 12:00-4:00 PM.

About Our Staff

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Tammie

Owner
Pottery Wheel and Clay Handbuilding Instructor

Tammie Ramos-Crispino

After leaving her high stress VP position at Goldman Sachs in NYC and taking some time as CEO of the Crispino household, Tammie opened Fire Me Up! Studio in Cranford, NJ in 2013. Tammie is also a certified life and business coach and her true passion lies in helping others find their purpose and creative outlet. In addition to running her studio, she teaches pottery wheel classes.

Her supportive approach to business also resonates in her nonprofit work. Tammie is a mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and her enthusiasm for reaching out to make a difference is reflected in fundraising activities for the YWCA, NJ Community Food Bank, Big Big World and most recently founder of Art for Puerto Rico, which raised over $25,000 for victims of hurricane Maria. She also hosts retreats and empowerment workshops throughout the US and Puerto Rico.

When she's not busy working, she loves spending time with her beautiful family and two adorable pups.

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Jessica

Manager
Pottery Wheel, Drawing and Painting Instructor

Jess Fiore

Jess is one of the Co-Managers at Fire Me Up! Studio, where she has worked for over 4 and 1/2 years. She has her B.F.A. with a teaching certification for grades K-12, and is working towards an M.A. in Art History and Museum Education. Jess is a fabulous instructor, and totally rocks classes, camps, and events. She's super fun, spunky, and talented, and we are lucky to have her! We think you'll love her just as much as we do. She loves teaching pottery wheel and leading mixed media explorations with all of our students!

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Monika

Manager
Painting and Drawing Instructor

Monika

Monika is a multimedia artist with experience working within the mediums of painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpture, clay, and ceramics. She holds a BFA in visual arts from Rutgers University and is pursuing her MA in art therapy at Caldwell University. With over 6 years of art teaching experience, she takes pride in her students’ work and encourages individual creativity while fostering a fun and safe environment for all.

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Kellyn

Pottery Wheel Instructor 

Kellyn

Kellyn is a Board Certified Art Therapist and has over 20 years working with children and adults of all ages. She has a BFA from School of Visual Arts and MA in Art Therapy from NYU. She loves painting, drawing, and sculpture and has both shown and sold her work through galleries and privately. She loves teaching pottery and helping others explore different means of self expression!

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Lindsey

Pottery Wheel Instructor 

Lindsey

Weaver, teacher, painter, potter, mom of two boys, wife, want to be gardener, foodie and enthusiastically balancing it all. Lindsey Shevkun Aguayo was formally trained as an Art educator at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and jumped right into her career teaching high school art in 2007. A few years into her education career, she began a ceramics program that focused primarily on handbuilding. Recently, after opening a home Pottery studio, Lindsey has begun expanding her knowledge of clay and wheel throwing functional forms. Lindsey loves exploring the versatility that clay provides and is excited to share her experience with you.

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Alyssa

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media Instructor 

Alyssa

Alyssa LaMonaco is a local artist who specializes in painting and drawing but has a deep love for multiple mediums including printmaking and sewing. Alyssa holds a BFA from Rutgers University with a concentration in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Art History. She also runs her own Etsy shop in her free time.

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Kayla

Mixed Media

Kayla

Kayla is a senior at Cranford High School. She loves singing, baking, and creating art. She is also amiable, energetic, and is great with kids. She radiates endless positivity in the studio and we are happy to have her on the staff team!

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Mariah

Pottery Wheel Instructor 

Mariah

Bio coming soon!

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Amanda

Pottery Wheel Instructor 

Amanda Bartel

Amanda Bartel, founder and artist behind White Lotus Pottery, started studying pottery 7 years ago in Ithaca, New York. She built a home pottery studio in her basement but had to leave it behind when she and her fiance started traveling around the country and the world. Everywhere they went, Amanda found a wheel to throw and continued to develop her skills as a potter. Amanda returned from Berlin, Germany last month where she was teaching pottery classes and running a pottery studio. Amanda grew up in Cranford and is excited to be back in her hometown teaching pottery. In addition to being a potter, Amanda is an occupational therapist and she seeks to create a therapeutic environment in the studio while sharing her love for the craft with all of her students.