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cicindel on Dec 8, 20225 out of 5 stars
This is not my first purchase from DianeGammStudio and it will definitely not be my last! The scarf is rayon which is a nice change from using silk. The shibori pattern makes a beautiful display at intervals along the scarf - very impressive. Thank you!
ellehull on Oct 24, 20225 out of 5 stars
These are amazing bowls. Love the shape, color, design, and the fantastic sparkles in the glaze. I have a thing for spirals and love that design element in the bottom of each so much. They look exactly as photographed. Very carefully packaged.
KP on Aug 16, 20225 out of 5 stars
The scarf/shawl is gorgeous! Such beautiful colors, positioning of leaves, and the fabric is so soft!
Bri on Apr 22, 20225 out of 5 stars
Wow! This is a beautiful pottery piece. Rich colors and shadings, a perfect size, and a lovely shape - will be a pleasure to use. Thoughtful and quick shipping too - thank you!
Claire on Jan 21, 20225 out of 5 stars
This bowl is so beautifully made -- very satisfying to hold, to use, and to look at! The blue of the interior is such a gorgeous and delicate color. The bowl is sturdy and arrived quickly. Very happy with my purchase!
cicindel on Dec 13, 20215 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous and an absolutely stunning indigo blue. Very eye catching. I received many compliments wearing it! I have purchased from this artist before and have never been disappointed. Beautiful work!
Diane Gamm - Earthy Pottery and Eco Printed Textiles
Sometimes it amazes me to realize that I've been making pots on and off for at least 40 years, fitting it into the spaces around career, family and other interests. In 2012 I decided to take early retirement to focus on my creative/artistic interests. Boxes of pots were starting to pile up; and with my aging knees, pottery and art fairs just aren't a good combo, I launched my Etsy shop in June of 2014.
I studied ceramics with Warren MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota. His approach to pottery resonated with me and has strongly influence my work since those early days. Warren and some students' work are sometimes referred to as the "Mingei-sota" style, influenced by Mingei pottery.
Note: Warren died at the age of 94 the last day of 2018. There's a nice write-up on the American Craft Council website: https://craftcouncil.org/post/remembering-warren-mackenzie
The pots I love to make and use are those that retain some of the fluid quality of the wet clay, show the hand of the maker, and often possess a "wabi-sabi" esthetic, where beauty and interest is seen in the imperfections. (See Wikipedia excerpt below.) Off and on I take classes or rent studio space at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm also a member of the Vine Arts Center, a member-run gallery in south Minneapolis.
BOTANICAL PRINTED TEXTILES
My creative energy has been "branching out" to botanical / eco printing and exploring natural dyes on textiles. I have always loved gardening, natural dyes, the beauty of leaves and patterns in nature, and eco printing brings all those elements together. In eco printing, the pigments and natural dyes in leaves are transferred to fabric by prolonged steaming or simmering in a dyebath.
WABI SABI - Wikipedia:
Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
I studied clay at the U of MN where Warren MacKenzie had a strong influence on my "Mingei-sota" aesthetics. I fire at the Northern Clay Center in Mpls. I also enjoy getting outside with my camera and have been "branching out" to eco printing on silk.