I want my art to create joy for the people who see my pieces. I hope people pick them up to explore the shape, design, texture and colors. My pottery is inspired by nature – simple organic shapes. Irregular and altered pieces reflect our own imperfections.
For me, a piece begins with function. For pieces such as bowls, teapots and cups, I pay high attention to details, bringing together design elements such as wall thickness, rim and spout shape, handle placement (balance) and surface glaze. This is because when someone reaches for their favorite piece of pottery, it’s because all of those elements have come together.
Firing imprints and extends nature’s effects. The wood kilns are the most variable, because the outcome of the surface effect depends on so many variables such as where the piece was in the kiln, type of wood used for fuel, number of days fired, and the wood kiln itself. I love that the wood ash is the glaze and the way the flame pattern often imprints the pot.
Each piece’s exterior is a canvas – if you could flatten it out and look at the design, it would tell the story of how it was made and fired. I hope this story resonates with the person holding the piece and they see their own story within it.
Diane Gale grew up in Sacramento, California. She has a B.S. degree in economics from University of California at Davis, and a MBA from University of California at Berkeley.
Diane has been making pottery for over 25 years, balancing supporting herself with her passion for ceramics. For the past several years she has focused her creative talents and energy on her art.
Her work creates a coming together of nature from the earth kneaded into form, glazed in the earth’s minerals and born from fire to be nature reformed. Diane’s work is available in galleries and numerous private collections.
Juried Exhibitions and Shows:
- 2004 Sedona Arts Center, AZ
- 2004 Sedona Arts Festival, AZ
- 2005 Exhibit 51 Albuquerque, NM
- 2006 Coconino Center for the Arts – Elements, AZ
- 2007 Sedona Arts Festival Invitational Artist ,AZ
- 2008 Gallery One, Ellensberg WA
- 2008 Northwind Artist Alliance, Port Townsend, WA
- 2009 Moses Lake Museum, WA
- 2009 Sequim Arts, WA
- 2009 Northwinds Expressions, Port Townsend, WA
- 2009 Solo Show at Artmine Gallery, Port Hadlock, WA
- 2010 Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton,WA
- 2011 Joined Port Townsend Gallery, Port Townsend, WA
- 2011 Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA
- 2012 Joined Orcas Island Gallery, Eastsound, WA
- 2012 Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA
- 2013 Washington Clay Arts Association Calendar
Education and training:
- B.F.A Northern Arizona University (in process)
- 2004 Workshop with Dan Murphy, head of ceramics department Utah State
- 2005 Mashiko, Japan – focus on woodfire and japanese throwing techniques
- 2005 Workshop with Paul Soldner
- 2005 Workshop with Matt Long
- 2006 Workshop with Doug Casebeer, head of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch
- 2006 International Woodfire Conference, Flagstaff, AZ
- 2009 Tokoname, Japan – IWCAT Juried residency. Intensive training in Japanese throwing techniques and woodfiring
- 2010 Workshop with Ruthanne Tudball
- 2011 Workshop with Akira Satake
- 2013 Upcoming workshop with Charlie Cummings