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Diana Fayt: Diana is both a traveler and a lover of home. She gleans inspiration from nature, the mundane and life’s stories. Her ceramic pieces are often narrative with marks of time, events and images seen and experienced and then drawn into the surface of her clay platters bowls and vases. By doing this she hopes to leave a permanent mark that expresses her vision of what she experiences in the world around her.
I specialize in handmade wheel thrown and slab built functional and decorative stoneware pottery featuring vibrant colors and eclectic designs.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I was pursuing a PhD in archaeology and ancient texts and took a pottery course to relieve the course load stress. That was my offical, structured introduction to ceramics but I had always felt a magnetic attraction to clay, even as a child. I am intrigued and hypnotized by clay…by the texture, the smell, the provocative mess, its earthy unpretentiousness.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
love the story about how I came to name my shop. A longtime fan of the English language, I was looking for a clever pun for my shop and was having trouble finding one that was still available. Then I had a conversation with my mother who was telling me about how annoyed with my father she was. She was trying to tell him something important but his eyes “glazed over” and he wasn’t listening at all.
“THAT’S IT!!!” I shrieked.
“What’s it?” she asked.
“I’ll call it ‘glazedOver’! Perfect!”
…and the funniest part was that I, too, hadn’t heard a word she had said. I did get a great shop name, though, even mom had to agree!
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work alone but with the music always playing while I work, I never feel as if I am. Other than when I am doing custom work, I go where the muse takes me, either at the slab table or the pottery wheel. I lean toward eclectic and wabi sabi wares and I love a sleek profile.
Due to the constraints of the pottery process in which clay dryness or moistness dictates most things, I MUST do work when it demands so I try to schedule my life around it. One slab project can take a number of days to complete whereas wheel work can be done more quickly.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell at galleries and shops and online. I prefer online at the moment because the operation is contained and more easily managed from home.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers you’d like to recommend?
What inspires and motivates you?
The muse. She never shares her secrets with me consciously, but she directs my hands and keeps my heart ever craving more.
Beautiful stoneware pottery…
Gone to Pot: all items in the shop are handbuilt from porcelain or white stoneware, fired to cone 5 or 6 (about 2100 degrees F to 2200 degrees F). decorating techniques include stamping, scrafitto, painting and drawing with underglaze pencils and stains, and overglaze decals i make myself. all glazes are lead-free and food-safe. please hand wash purchased pieces to get the most from your ceramic ware.
Ken’s Garden Pottery: This beautiful Ikebana style pottery vase features the imprint of a beautiful antique crocheted lace doily. The design has pretty flowers. The vase has a pin frog inside that holds the flower stems upright and makes it easy to create a beautiful arrangement with just a few flowers from you garden.
How many of you have been outside taking advantage of this beautiful, sunny weather? I know I have! Let’s get our hands dirty with some garden talk today.
If you’re in the works growing a vegetable garden, jazz it up a little with these colorful garden stakes by fromArtisanHands. If you’re new to veggie gardening like me, then you may need a little guidance with remembering which of your plant starts is which. These handcrafted stakes were cut from slabs of stoneware and come in a variety of fun colors. Not only do they come with vegetable names, but you can order them with herb names or inspirational words as well.
I have absolutely fallen in love with these handcut, recycled tire planters by DuchessCraft. Made from old lawnmower and trailer tires, these planters will make a huge statement when strategically placed in your flower garden. You can also use them inside the home to sort and organize your magazines, knick knacks, or even your recycling. Also, this artist donates a portion of the proceeds from these planters to the Second Harvest Food Bank where millions of pounds of food are donated to families in need all over the country every year. Visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website to see what else you can do to help!
Carry your gardening tools, seed packets, gloves, and other supplies with ease with this cedar wooden garden tote made by DesignByKohler. Cedar is perfect for this type of outdoor job since it is termite and rot resistant as well as lightweight for easy carrying. As their product description suggests, you can also turn it into a rustic style planter by simply drilling a few holes in the bottom and filling it with soil and an assortment of plants. DesignByKohler makes many custom designed and built wooden products for your home and garden from both exotic and domestic woods.
Now that you have some tools to get started on your garden, head over to Diana’s posts for some tips on What’s In Season.