My Story

We are a small business that inspires curiosity and creativity. We strive to deepen the connection between people and art with a variety of art programs.

I'm Maria, and I'm the founder of Creative Art & Clay. I am also a dreamer, a community organizer, and mother of two inspiring children. Since moving to California from New York City, I have been determined to create space for children and families to connect and have fun through a variety of means. After founding the East Bay Hungarian Educational Group and successfully bringing families in the East Bay together to connect with and celebrate their heritage, I wanted to create another outlet for families of all backgrounds. 

Creative Art & Clay offers a safe and happy place and provides the playground that connects children and adults and brings my community together.

Maria Rachidi, owner of Creative Art and Clay Studio
Maria Rachidi, owner of Creative Art and Clay Studio

On a Personal Note

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, a city that will always occupy a special place in my heart. I graduated from Eötvös Lóránd University, a prestigious college in my home country, and moved to New York City shortly after. The Big Apple was a total culture shock, and the art scene there was something that inspires me ever since.

I ended up at NYU and between classes, I enjoyed the city's diversity and colorfulness.

I moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2014, and settled down in Walnut Creek. I instantly fell in love with the city and the community. The outdoors and the positivity that surrounds the Bay Area is something I absolutely love and appreciate. Art, creativity, and self-expression are the values that most inspire me.

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