Christina Bendo grew up helping her parents grow food in the red clay rich soil of Virginia. It seems a natural progression that she now works in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food to make objects used to serve it. After earning her B.A. at the University of Mary Washington, she went on to complete a three year assistantship with Trista Chapman. She has been a resident at LibertyTown Arts Workshop, the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary, STARworks Ceramics, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. In 2019 Christina opened her own studio in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina. The flora and fauna of the surrounding mountains provide inspiration for the patterns on her wood fired, salt glazed wares.