The overarching feature of all my work is that it is fired in a my wood kiln with an interior fire box, meaning the flame travels from the firebox, dances through the work and out the chimney. Many factors determine the impact of the flame - type of clay, shape of piece, glazing, and placement of work within the kiln; the type of wood and even humidity. Wood fire is also about community, as partner potters join me to stoke the fire for hours at over 2000F degrees until the Cougar Kiln roars!

My work has evolved into three styles: work structured to react dramatically to the flame pattern; “calico pots” with shine glazes overlapping; and sgraffito work. Sgraffito pots are slipped and carved at a leather hard stage and have only a interior liner, with the wood fire not as dramatic, but providing a soft shading of the carved negative spaces. Images are of the native mountain plants found around my home in Hendersonville NC.
— Dian

Dian spent 25 years in arts administration, the last 10 years as Director of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.  Upon retiring in 2010 she built a large wood kiln to focus full time on creating with clay.  She has been featured in curated and invitational exhibitions throughout the South.

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