A new Philadelphia resident coming from Syracuse, New York where she grew up and received her BFA in Ceramics and Art Education from Syracuse University. She earned Shaped Clay Society scholarships and awards from Clayscapes Pottery during her time in Syracuse. Christen has studied under established and emerging ceramic figure sculpting artists at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Her work as a teaching artist includes Main Line Art Center, The Barnes Foundation, and The Center for Creative Works in addition to teaching positions at elementary and high schools in New Your State. She is currently attending Moore College of Art and Design pursuing a Master of Arts in Art Education with a focus on Special Populations.