Artist Interview with Cristina Arizmendi of Arizmendi Ceramics

Why do you craft/make? How did you learn?

My first experience was at a recreation center in Washington DC while my family was in the military. After moving back home to Sacramento, I attended Sacramento State University and Sacramento City College. Professionally I become the personal assistant to master potter, Forrest Middelton, which was an awesome and wonderful learning experience. There I learned the business side of art, made tiles, and perfected my pots. Currently, I run a home studio and teach workshops and classes to both children and adults.

What is your favorite product or piece you’ve made lately?

I am currently making jewelry and African udu drums – in addition to my pots.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration?

Lately I have been experimenting with textiles in my work. I am attracted to the contrast between the rawness of the clay and the softness of fiber. I find inspiration in nature, where the river, the ocean, and and redwood forests meet – particularly where the clash is between the bright green moss and the neutral stones and branches. I try to relay this atmosphere in my glazes and the sometimes rough surfaces of my pieces.

Are you bringing/selling anything special at the craft fair?

I have been experimenting with line drawings in my journals, and transferring this technique to my pottery.

new display shelf!!! thank you @bryant_sturgess. #ceramics

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Favorite holiday cookie?

Homemade chocolate chip of course!

Favorite holiday song?

¡Feliz Navidad!

All I want for Christmas is…?

To see new places with the view of the Pacific Ocean.


Please join us on Saturday, December 9th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
in Curtis Hall at Sierra 2 Center for our Holiday Craft Fair!

A favorite among neighbors, the Holiday Craft Fair isn’t one to miss! Join us for another wonderful shopping experience that supports 20 local artisans, makers, and crafters, as well as the Sierra 2 Senior Center. Admission is free!

Holiday Craft Fair

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