Christine Marie Davis comes from a long line of “junk dealers”. Growing up in rural Ohio, she remembers her mother giving her arrays of art materials and castaway objects with the instruction to simply “make something.” During summer trips to the Wild West, Davis remembers bringing home antiques, rocks, cacti and colored sand to use in her winter art projects. She has always been especially drawn to items that are battered, broken, worn and weathered. If something does not look old, she makes it so by hammering, heating, rusting or adding a patina.
While still in high school, she and her Mother opened an antique shop in the ghost town of Pony, Montana. They would dig up old bottles, rusty pans and chamber pots throughout the town to dump and sell them to tourists. She moved to Colorado as a young adult, and lived in the Denver/Boulder area for many years working as a potter and teacher. Currently, she lives near Salida, Colorado where she has plentiful access to ‘junk’ and antiques for her ‘found object’ jewelry and sculptures.