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Tina Semba Credits Friends for Her Interest in Ceramics

Tina Semba Credits Friends for Her Interest in Ceramics

If it weren’t for her artistic friends, ceramic artist Tina Semba would not have taken classes here, or be selling her work at the Studio Holiday Jewelry and Ceramics Sale on December 7.

“My two children took art classes here many years ago,” says Tina who has been taking ceramics classes at the Art Center for the past six years and selling her art at the annual sale for the past three years. “We have friends who are ceramic artists and they told me that adult courses are offered as well, which I didn’t know.”

So, in 2013 Tina started creating her artwork on the wheel, and then moved to hand building techniques for her pottery. She now comes to the Art Center 3-4 times per week.

“I think the Art Center is a treasure in our community,” says Tina, who lives in Palo Alto. “There are so many talented people who come here, creating some really nice pieces of artwork.”

Tina says that it typically takes her 2-3 weeks to create a piece, based on the time it takes to wait for the clay to dry, and then to fire her pieces twice.

“I love to cook, so most of my ceramics are focused on table ware,” she says. “Platters, large and small bowls, planters, and vases—I’ll be selling all of these at the sale.”

Tina says that she feels gratified when someone buys her work at the Holiday Sale.

“It feels great to share the work and know that someone will be enjoying it in their own home,” she adds.

The Annual Studio Holiday Jewelry and Ceramics Sale at the Art Center takes place on December 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A special preview and sale for members will be held on December 6, 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.

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Last Updated: November 27, 2019