As a kid, Diana watched her father create pendants and rings for their family in his spare time. Wow, the flame! The tools! The flame! But, it wasn’t just the love for her father that kindled her desire to learn to work metal. It was also the fun, creative side of her mother who could make anything out of anything when asked please. Fourteen years ago she took the first of many jewelry making classes at the Craft Guild of Dallas. It was then that she realized that working metal was the gift she had to share. Between then and now, she won first place in the amateur division of the American Airlines employee art show, her work was in The Mole Hole when it was in Southlake Town Center, she has performed for Keller Holly Days the last three years, and she has created works for private collections from California to Maine. She considers art251 her big break!
Diana specializes in chasing and repousse, the ancient art form of sculpting metal with hammers, tools, and flame. She draws her design on a flat piece of metal, positions it in a pot of pitch, and then outlines the design with tools and a hammer. After the outline is complete, she takes it out of the pitch, turns it over and replaces it to push the design out with different tools. She’ll work the metal this way three or four times, giving it depth and soul. It’s then finished by polishing it or applying a patina, whichever is required for the design.
She believes that jewelry should reflect a person’s essence, subtly embellish that person, yet compliment their being. Jewelry should be worn everyday, by everybody. And she thinks that she can create anything you desire. Your whim, Diana’s mettle.