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Christine Colombarini

Biography to Display: 

Born Manitowoc, Wisconsin


BFA Ceramics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida


Professional Artist

1996–2016 Co-owner, Stella Luna Gallery, Smithville, Tennessee



Christine Colombarini is known for creating decorative ceramic vessels.  Her process for developing each piece includes one or more of construction methods: hand built, slip castt and wheel-thrown. Works are bisque fired to 1860˚ Fahrenheit and. Colombarini’s second firing is self-described “neo-Primitive” firing technique consists of enveloping bisque fired pots in a bed of straw then lighting the straw on fire to achieve the desired surface effect. There is no kiln used in this process, each piece is fired on the ground in the open-air.

As a result of using straw as a fuel source, Colombarini's surfaces are marked by linear straw patterns, often enveloped in sepia tone in the finished state. Once the primitive firing method is complete, Colombarini hand colors each piece using oil sticks, acrylics, and modeling paste to develop additional color and surface detail. Surfaces are inspired by classical, abstract, art deco and futuristic art.


Bibliography to Display: 

Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E. 500 Plates & Chargers. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2008.




Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks
Date: 1997
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze, Raku
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 23, 2023.