Born in Asmara, Eritrea, Addiam Tsehaye currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Addiam received her BFA in Spacial Arts from San Jose State University in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She creates large scale ceramic sculptures referencing traditional crafts and objects used by indigenous people around the world. She also a painter and her recent work tells the stories of the displaced; exile, refugee camps, world hunger and the hardship these people must often face throughout their journeys. Clay is one of the oldest naturally occurring materials used throughout the centuries. She uses clay because it allows her to leave her mark on the objects she creates while expressing her thoughts and feelings about the subject.