About my work
All of my work is handmade on Cape Cod at Diane Heart Pottery 1145 rt. 6A Brewster, MA (pieces for sale in the gallery)
Pottery has been an interest of mine since middle school. I remember the first time I worked with clay in 6th grade at Mattacheese Middle School with my Art Teacher Mr. Knowland. The feeling of working with the clay had such a soothing texture and I was mesmerized by it. Then, at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School I took pottery classes with Heather Funk and Jamin Eldridge and my interest turned into an obsession. Many days after school I was spending countless hours working in the art wing. From then on I knew art was going to be in my future. I transferred from Cape Cod Community College to The Art Institute of Boston and found my home away from home at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Graduating in 2013 with my BFA in Art Education and a concentration in ceramics.
Pottery is not only a medium of art for me but it is a way of communicating my thoughts into reality. The experience of crafting each ware from the drafting stage to completion then, for a customer to enjoy makes me happy beyond words. I make pottery that is not only functional, but it allows one to experience a well thought out design. These tranquil moments should be appreciated. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that give us a break from the monotonous everyday life process.
As a born and raised local, I see the Cape as a quaint, simple, yet stunning shoreline destination. The porcelain wares I create are specifically influenced by my ocean and beach surroundings. During the drafting process I strive to envision how the piece is intended for use for cooking or entertaining. Each functional ware is accented with my own hand carved stamps and slip trailing designs to compliment my seascape glazes.
All of my pottery is made of USA English porcelain, fired to cone 11 in a gas kiln. All porcelain wares are microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe. All glazes are hand mixed and lead free. Each piece is unique and one of a kind. No two pieces are completely identical. Custom orders are encouraged and take 3-4 weeks to complete. Customized pieces can be great for business advertising, awards, wedding gifts, baby shower and other special occasion gifts. See photos below.
We also fire Raku pieces at the studio. Visitors are welcome to watch!
Raku Pottery is an ancient Japanese firing technique that has its roots in Zen tea ceremonies. There is no thrill like peering into a glowing kiln and witnessing the pots transformation. Reaching into the kiln with tongs and removing the pots into barrels of seaweed, sawdust and newspaper creates a smoking process. This process results in a very special one-of-a-kind gift. Some pieces also have horse hair or feather details. Raku pots are for decorative use only.
Also, Im a pottery teacher at The Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA Please see the art center website to register for pottery classes.