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Born in Seattle, Washington, this first-generation Norwegian/American discovered her talents for the arts at the age of 13. Drawing simple portraits, instead of doing history assignments, became inspiring, for each new drawing was always twice as recognizable as the prior. Dianne continued to develop her artistic talent at Pacific Lutheran University, accepting a B.F.A. with a dual emphasis in Graphic Design and Sculpture. A few years later she earned a B.A. degree from Western Washington University in Fashion Merchandise Marketing.

I In 1988, while she was framing a picture, a piece of glass shattered on the floor and that's when it started - Dianne's obsession with glass. GLASS - fragile, elusive, reflecting, capturing, distorting light, excitable and exciting.

For six months, March '90 to August '90, Dianne…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 19
  • Joined September 3, 2010

Favorite materials

Glass, forged metal

About

Born in Seattle, Washington, this first-generation Norwegian/American discovered her talents for the arts at the age of 13. Drawing simple portraits, instead of doing history assignments, became inspiring, for each new drawing was always twice as recognizable as the prior. Dianne continued to develop her artistic talent at Pacific Lutheran University, accepting a B.F.A. with a dual emphasis in Graphic Design and Sculpture. A few years later she earned a B.A. degree from Western Washington University in Fashion Merchandise Marketing.

I In 1988, while she was framing a picture, a piece of glass shattered on the floor and that's when it started - Dianne's obsession with glass. GLASS - fragile, elusive, reflecting, capturing, distorting light, excitable and exciting.

For six months, March '90 to August '90, Dianne pursued an apprenticeship at B.C.'s most innovative and creative studio, Sterloff, Studer, and Brown Glass Productions. Here, Dianne learned techniques of fusing and carving artistic images in glass. While residing in Canada she became involved in the glass community with her biggest accomplishment that year having an acceptance of a piece in the GAABC's "Glass as Art II" at the Bank of Hong Kong in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. The piece "Cameo-Oh" sold and went to a resident in Australia.

Back in the United States, Dianne continued her work setting up her first studio in Bellingham, Washington. Through the next ten years she would work in and out of the glass industry while also working in Washington State Casinos. In 1992 while attending Pilchuck Glass school, she was mesmerized by the glassblowers. At that point Dianne made a goal that she would work on becoming a accomplished glassblower. Aside from family and various jobs, glass art has become her lifelong ambition and goal. Her style and techniques incorporate lots of color, fluidity, and humor .. fun, fun, fun, her work is quite Art Nouveau with a hint of Baroque and Gothic it also displays passion. Current passions has lead her to combine clothing design and glass art becoming a millinery glass artist.


"What I try and incorporate into my work and especially my blown vessels, is solid structure with balance that leads into freedom with slight guidance. The world has freedom with plenty of color, but mostly structure and confinement in form. The tops to my pieces reflects letting go, letting the glass form itself into what it wants to be with ever so slight guidance so as not to get out of hand.That is the beauty!! With the sun shining down, glass screams out 'look at me, I am beautiful!!'."

Currently, Dianne blows glass at Finn Hill Studios in Kirkland and also works out of her studio DBRGlassworks, located in Everett, Washington.

"My Glass Art is also a symbol of the music I listen to. Music encircles me and I find movement. Movement then takes on shape and color which works into the body of my glass vessel. The lyrics send out emotion and meaning that sends fluidity into my inner spirit. My creations are born from the inspiration of music. A circle has started and to every arc is a continuance, to every foundation a start"

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