Christine was born in Manitowoc, WI and always knew she’d become an artist. She moved to Florida and earned her B.F.A. degree in Ceramics at Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton (FAU). On campus in the clay studio, Christine met her lifelong partner Louis. He was born in Queens, NY and graduated with a B.A. degree from The State University of New York - Geneseo. Louis relocated to Ft. Lauderdale where he was a firefighter for five years and continued studies in ceramics at FAU. Upon Christine’s graduation, the couple’s similar interests in clay and country living brought them to the enchanting hills of Tennessee. Over the past 40 years, the Colombarinis have shared a loving home and studio, creating countless works of clay art. Their mutual passion for ceramics has taken the couple to over 500 juried art shows and exhibitions with the distinction of winning numerous awards.Nearly 40 years ago in Middle Tennessee, we began to collaborate in the creation of clay vessels and sculptured forms. Bringing the simplicity of clay to life with perfect form, texture, and color has become an infinite challenge. As artists, potters, designers, sculptors, and chemists, we strive for excellence and celebrate the success of an aesthetically pleasing ceramic piece. Through the years we’ve taken our audience down visual avenues of classical, abstract, deco, futuristic, and neo-primitive design. Our current cosmic exploration involves two highly specialized directions – we’d like to share them with you.After firing Raku vessels for 25 years, I began to experiment and developed a unique primitive sawdust-firing technique. Void of gas heat and glaze, my ceramics are coated with a copper patina and buried in sawdust inside a ventilated metal chamber. The sawdust is ignited and burns over a 3-to-8 hour period. The end result of this “Neo-Primitive” process reveals a multitude of spontaneous colors and patterns. To permanently protect this delicate new surface, I seal it with clear acrylic. Each resplendent vessel is impossible to duplicate – one-of-a-kind and highly collectable.Treat each vessel as you would any other valuable art object. Although the surface has a protective finish, our vessels WILL NOT hold food or water. Vase forms may be utilized by placement of a liner within the vessel. To clean, use a soft, lint-free cloth and, if necessary, use mild soap and water, making sure to wipe dry immediately. NEVER use harsh chemicals such as Endust to clean the piece. Enjoy your handmade art treasure!
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