About Christina Bendo
Christina Bendo grew up with her hands in the red clay soil of northern Virginia. After earning her B.A. at the University of Mary Washington, she went on to complete a three year assistantship with Fredericksburg potter Trista Chapman. She has been a resident at LibertyTown Arts Workshop, the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary, STARworks Ceramics, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She currently lives and works in Waynesville, NC and wood fires in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
I grew up helping my parents grow food in the rich red clay soil of Virginia. It seems a natural progression that I now work in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food in order to make objects used to serve it. In 2017 I moved to North Carolina to study raw materials at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises. Since my transformative time working there, I incorporate local clays and fire with wood and salt in the tradition of a long line of North Carolina potters in order to further a connection to the geological and human history of place.
The pots are decorated with flora and fauna observed while hiking, foraging, and studying field guides. My functional vessels, intended for daily use, serve as reminders that all are connected to the earth beneath our feet and the wide range of life it nourishes.