Christina Bendo grew up helping her parents grow food in the rich red clay soil of Virginia and exploring the fields and forest of their property on the Potomac River. It seems a natural progression that she now works in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food in order to make objects used to serve it. She first became interested in using local clays after digging miocene marine clay where she was living in Virginia, and in 2017 moved to North Carolina to further study raw materials at STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises. Since her transformative time working there, she uses a clay body and slips containing local North Carolina clay, and fires 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.
"My primary construction tools are the wheel and slab roller. I often throw pieces on the wheel that will be altered and combined with other parts to create more complex forms. My love of ancient pots of the Mediterranean and the Americas informs my shapes. I also produce slab plates and dishes using handmade hump and slump molds. 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."