Monday, February 26, 2018

New Studio up and Running!!

 Studio Classes are in full swing at Diana Rose Studio this winter! We are enjoying the new space immensely and students have been working hard on various art endeavors. I have been busy creating new work for upcoming shows this spring and generally just loving the space.
Shelves filling with work

Young clay artist at work.
Beginning Drawing Students working hard on Picasso inspired self portraits. 
Beginning Drawing Student working on Andy Goldsworthy inspired eco art still life.  
Ladies Night Pottery Class busy on the pottery wheel.

Couples Workshop making pots on the pottery wheel. 

Muddy Creek Residency Winter 2018

This January I was asked to do a several week clay residency at Muddy Creek Charter School. I worked with the Art Teacher Elizabeth Watkins and each of the classroom teachers to develop clay projects that went along with their curriculum. Each class had a total of 3 clay sessions, 2 for making in clay and one for glazing. I will include photos and a brief description for each project below. Students made some great projects and had fun learning techniques in clay. I worked as a resource for Elizabeth on construction techniques, kiln firing and general clay guidelines. The goal is that she will be confident leading future clay projects with Muddy Creek students and that the medium can be a more regular part of the curriculum at the school.
 Kindergarteners used templates to cut out the shapes of different mammals they have been studying. They cut out a heart shape and teachers assisted poking holes around the hearts for string to be woven through at a later time. Students were able to choose to glaze the mammals realistically or artfully and the results are pretty fantastic! Kinders also created small bowls with pressed leaves inside that turned out wonderfully colorful.
1st and 2nd graders worked on creating flat clay owls experimenting with texture for the feathers/ details. They also worked on making coil nests with eggs inside. They learned basic clay construction techniques, and experimented with texture and color. String hangers with beads were added to the clay owls after firing so that they can be hung up on the wall. 

 2nd and 3rd Graders experimented with creating textures in clay. Dried leaves, noodles, beads, shells, etc. were pressed or rolled into the clay resulting in various textures. Students created textured hand prints as well as little bowls that they made into flowers by adding pedals around the rim.

3rd and 4th Graders worked making small hanging bird/fairy houses. Students used a template to create the cone shaped roof and pinch pots for the base and learned construction techniques to attach the two. Lots of time and detail was put into the glazing of the houses. 

 4th and 5th graders worked on constructing hollow garden gnome figures. The construction process included making all the different shapes of the body and attaching them together well. Students were careful to make figures hollow so they wouldn't explode in the firing and poking a hole in the clay to let the air escape as they clay dried. Students took on the challenge and learned a lot about the properties of clay and glazes. Their hard work resulted in some pretty cool and funky gnomes.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

South Corvallis Art Walk 6th Annual

Our new Art Walk Banner!

The 2017 South Corvallis Art Walk was our biggest year yet with 17 artist studios and over 35 local artists!  We had a huge diversity of artwork  featuring a wide range of handmade art including: hand knits, paintings, cards + collage, ceramics, sculpture, live storytelling performances, letterpress, artisan bread, herbal products, mosaics, jewelry, up-cycled robots and figurines, basketry, fabric bowls and vases, handmade soaps, ornaments and so much more!! Diana Rose Studio hosted 3 additional artists:
Avie Meadows of Avie Joy Studios: ceramic platters, ornaments and paintings
Justyna Pohl and Magda Moleska: felted animal ornaments and Harry Potter gifts
 Julie Obriant: Stained glass and collage and beaded glass ornaments

I was also excited to host this event in my new (unfinished) studio space which was really fun and gave people a feel for the new space. 
Avie Joy Studios ceramic art and paintings

Artists: Justyna Pohl and Magda Moleska felted animals 

Art Walk participants in the studio

Handmade felt and glass ornaments displayed on curly willow

Diana Rose Studio Ceramic Art Display

Diana Ryan's original skull mugs

Diana Rose Studio Student Gallery 

Artist Julie Obriant's hanging dragonflies 

Backyard Studio Progress

I am so excited to announce that Diana Rose Studio will be moving into a new backyard studio space in February 2018! I thought I would post some progress photos of the building which has been in progress over the past year and a half or so and is very near completion.  My very talented husband designed the building and has done a great deal of the building work himself and with the help of TSE Construction and a few other local contractors. I am beyond grateful!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Diana Ryan; Featured Show at Voices Gallery

Diana Ryan, standing with "Feathers and Fishy Tails Show" July, 2017
During the month of July, I was the featured artist at Voices Gallery on 4th St. in Corvallis. I have been a part of the gallery since the beginning of the year and have been exhibiting 2 artworks each month. I worked all year on a new body of work themed "Feathers and Fishy Tails" for this show and learned so much from the process. I am so happy I became a part of the gallery because it has connected me with other artists and opportunities as well as given me the motivation to push myself out of my comfort zone and create new work. I had a great turn out at the show, thanks to all my friends and family who made it out for your on going support! Click Here to read the write-up in the local newspaper about the show.
"Ceramic Feathers and Nest on Canvas"
Acrylic, Clay, Paper Clay, String
20" x 20"
Oceanic Vase
5" x 6"

Splash Jar ( left) and Ceramic Feathers and Nest Painting

Artichoke Vase
10" x 10"

From Left to Right: Goddess Candle Holder, Aqua Vase and Oceanic Vase

8" x 8"