Happy Holidays Virtual Artisan Market

We'll miss seeing you in person this year as you browse our creations, however we decided during these uncertain times, in an effort to protect everyone's health, to go virtual as many other markets have done. Read our artisan bios and check out our artisan spaces pages . Each of us is responsible for our own sales and deliveries. You can contact us through the contact form on this site or at our links provided on each artisan spaces page. 817 Arts Alliance has provided in person holiday shopping experiences annually in downtown Arlington since 2011 along with other occasional artisan made events in the DFW area such as a couple of Fall Gallery Night events at BRIT in Fort Worth. Please support local artisans through this online event this year and help keep the creativity flowing while snagging unique gifts for the people on your shopping list.

CiCi House of Clay - Cynthia

I live and work in Arlington Texas. A love affair with mud began at an early age with the backyard black clay soil and water hose. A requirement of an art course in college brought me close to clay but I did not find it again until many years later. I have worked with clay for the last 18 years, both throwing on the wheel and hand building.

I love the functional nature of high fired clay objects, the connection with the earth and touch of a human hand with every use evident in each piece.

A workshop with Steven Hill led me to experiment with landscape design glaze on a number of my current pieces. Trips to the American Southwest have only added to this inspiration.

The need to create has been a part of me from the start and must express itself in some way, shape or form. Clay is perfect conduit.

For more examples of my work and where you can purchase it, please visit my artisan space.