Christina Margarita Erives - Featured Artist
I think what has stood out to me most since entering the field of ceramics is the community of people it seems to always attract. Clay has the power to connect people from all over the world and as a material offers us so much malleability giving us the opportunity to share our individual stories in such a beautiful way as it takes on an endless possibility of color shape and form. Ceramics as material has permanence , it is one of the ways we were able to learn about ancient cultures. There is so much beauty in these traditions and my aim has been to make a mark of my time that will be preserved in the history of ceramic objects
My work often stems from my identity as a Mexican American woman and personal family history. Through the use of various objects I hope to render a narrative that seeks to embrace and celebrate these rituals of a new generation. I enjoy seeing these objects evolve through the use of clay just as a story of an event can change over time in the ways of telling it. My pieces seek to illustrate the concept of these stories that are passed on merged with the idea of food being passed around a social setting.
Christina Erives was born in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA and MA from California State University of Northridge and her MFA from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked as a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana, Belger Craneyard Studios in Kansas City Missouri, Arquetopia in Puebla Mexico, and Rasquache in Puebla Mexico. She has also worked as a Visiting Artist Instructor at New Mexico State University and the University of Montana. Christina Erives is an emerging artist in the field of Ceramics. In 2017 she received an Emerging Artist Award from NCECA the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
Ceramics as material has permanence , it is one of the ways we were able to learn about ancient cultures. There is so much beauty in these traditions and Christina Erives’ aim has been to make a mark of her time that will be preserved in the history of ceramic objects.