AND HER PASSIONS
Cris Rocha began in the pottery world as a student of Heloisa Alvim, studying in his studio from 1977 to 1979. Then, she had classes with Eva Ilg for two years and Elvira Schuartz, from Espaço Zero in São Paulo. Her formation also includes names like Afrânio Montemurro and Cecilia Akemi, from Studio Terra Fogo, Shoko Suzuki (manual potter’s wheel), and Ikoma Kenjiro (plates and table wheel).
In 2001, Cris Rocha went to Japan to represent Brazil at IWCAT - The International Workshop of Ceramic Art of Tokoname. At the time, she fell in love with firewood burning techniques, especially anagama ashes glaze.
Upon returning to Brazil, she built her own anagama in the city of Artur Nogueira - SP. The firing was inaugurated with an international workshop with the participation of ceramist Peter Callas, in addition to about 70 Brazilian ceramists from various states in the country. The anagama carried out 14 highly successful fires that contributed to several course completion works and Master's theses at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP.
In 2002 she returned to Japan to participate at an international exhibition in Kioegama Gallery, where she had the opportunity to intensely experience the Japanese tradition. In the same year, she received an award during the Arte em Cerâmica Craft Brasil – Japão, an event where she exposes annually.
In 2013 she exhibited her works in Greece and held workshops in Athens and Corfu.
In 2014 she went to Hagen - Germany as an artist invited to represent Brazil.
In 2015 and 2016 Cristina rescued the works of Akiko Fujita, a renowned Japanese ceramist. In the 90s, Akiko returned to Japan and her works were abandoned in the old studio, in the city of Campinas-SP. The rescue had several developments, such as an exhibition held at the garden of SESC Campinas with other ceramists, as well as collective works redoing the artist's trajectory. Some of these works are now in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Campinas - MAC, Museum of Visual Arts - MAV and also in the Sculpture Gardens of UNICAMP.
In 2019 she represented Brazil in the 8th China Changchun International Ceramic Art Invitational Exhibition. She also participated of the 1st Lianhuashan Cup Ceramic Art Contes, in wich she obtained an honor mention for the presented work.
In 2020 she was selected for the Cachalqui Latin American Ceramists Meeting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Pisac - Peru.
She has already organized workshops with big national and international names, such as Peter Callas, Kenjiro Ikoma, Rikio Hakudo Hashimoto, Lila Vasquez, and Arlen Hansen from the USA. She also participated for three years as a volunteer at CCBRAS - Cerâmica Contemporânea Brasileira.
She is a member of the Grupo Coletivo de Cerâmica - where she participates in exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations - and of the Sou CerÂmica Group - where she organizes events with several ceramists from São Paulo -.
Participant in the activities of Galeria Subsolo - Art Laboratory curated by Andrés Inocente Martin Hernandez and Danilo Lorena Garcia.