Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Portfolio 2010

Here are the photos of my most recent work. Professional pictures taken by Shadowsmith Photography in Corvallis. All photos copywrighted by Diana Ryan.
Pecking Order


20" tall x 17" wide at furthest point x 12" deep

Earthenware, coiled hollow construction, bisqued and painted with acrylic.



24" x 24"

Hand built and assembled ceramic tiles, painted with acrylics and lacquered. Mounted on hand built and painted wooden frame.



23.5" x 23.5"

Hand cut and formed by slapping each tile on the table, curved edges, painted with bright red commercial underglaze and clear glazed. Fired to Cone 04. Tiles mounted on plywood painted with acrylic paint.



10" x 6.5" x 3"

Slab and wheel thrown hollow construction, bisqued and painted with acrylic paint, details with gold leaf pen.



12" x 12"

Hand built tiles, bisqued and painted with acrylic, detail with gold leaf pen.


Right to Left:

5.5" x 4"

3.5" x 3"

5" x 3.5"

Earthenware pinch pots, hand built. Glazed with commercial low-fire underglaze, red iron oxide, and high fire glazes. Fired to cone 10 reduction.

Abstract Tea set
teapot: 7.5" x 8" (to end of spout)
creamer: 5" x 6" (to end of spout)
sugar: 4.5" x 3"

Wheel thrown and assembled earthenware, glazed with high fire glazes using glaze inlay and wax resist. Fired to cone 10 reduction.

12.5" x 10.5 (to end of point)
Thrown and assembled earthenware, textured with slip and glazed with commercial low fire red inside and fired to cone 10.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

“Where Birds Dream” Themed Exhibit and Silent Auction

This month I was one of 80 local artists to participate in the exhibition " Where Birds dream", a collection of functional and fantastical birdhouses at The Arts Center in Corvallis, OR.
"Red Birdhouse on Stilts" by Diana Ryan 2010, Handbuilt ceramic form with low fire glazes. Moss placed inside for birds to sleep.

Birds eye view of my birdhouse, artist statement and auction sheet (it's sold!).

My birdhouse as it sits along side others... Mine is for very small birds :)

View of the gallery space and other birdhouses

"Stairway to Heaven" by anonomous

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Work in Progress

Small abstract sculptures, fired to cone 10
Large sculptural piece after firing, bottom got steam shear and cracked. It lives in the garden now.

I added gold leaf pen to tiles and sprayed with laquer. I am going to mount on a gold painted board for display.

Abstract sculptural peices in progress

Tea Pot, creamer and sugar.

RIP Large Sculptural Peice, will make another.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Storm Birds" Installation, Interzone, 2010

This installation was inspired by the changing of the seasons as well as the turkey vultures, crows and other birds living in the tall trees by our house. It will be displayed at Interzone Coffee Shop in Corvallis, OR (1563 Monroe St) during the month of November. I listened to Goldfrapp the entire time I painted it.

Acrylic on Canvas, ink, found objects: twig and lichen

Acrylic on heavily gessoed paper, ink, charcoal, metallic powder. Birds painted on foam board and hot glued to toilet paper rolls so that they stick out from paper. It ended up looking very 3D and created a peaceful yet eerie environment.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Work 2010

These are some of my preliminary sketches from my art journal added to show the progression of ideas.

Color studies

I am currently working on a new body of work inspired by kids' art. After over 3 years of teaching art to kids and seeing their free flowing and imaginative drawings, particularly abstract, I've decided to take a child like approach to form and function. I am working on a series of sculptures and tiled wall pieces that bring various ideas and shapes to life. I am interested in creating a fantastical environmnet that transforms the viewer as soon as they enter into it.

Unfinished tiles- I want to play around with a gold leaf design on the black areas around the circle and mount tiles on a board for display.

"Lifelines"- series of tiles (will be mounted on larger board), low fire clay, painted with acrylic paint. (see 2 piece greenware pic further down, before tiles were put together)

Series of painted tiles, free hand carved and stretched by slapping along the canvas table. layed over painted cardboard. Eventually I will mount them on a black board.

"Lifelines" Work in progress. Series of tiles hand shaped (quite literally-the lines on the circular tiles are the creases in the palm of my hand). Round tiles will be attached to the tops of the spikes on square tiles so that each circle is a different height.

Sqare form with circular center, hollow constructed. Using negative space as form. I went back and forth on this one whether or not to put the spout at the top. Sculptural or vase... or creature? 19" tall.

This is my favorite so far. Ceramic, hollow constructed, painted with acrylic paint. Its missing a piece that broke as I was loading it into the kiln- it will have another square and circle underneath the existing one. It is 20" tall.


I've decided to post some old paintings I've done for reflection. These paintings are those i have in my house. I painted them for myself. i have painted many more that I've sold/ given as gifts. When I paint there is no pressure. I paint for the sheer joy of bringing my ideas to life. I paint to figure things out. I would love to paint more and exhibit my paintings. i usually do roughly one or two paintings per year.

The Crow 2010- Painted while tending to my booth at the Art and Sea Festival in Lincoln City, OR. Acrylic on canvas 16" x 20"
Mural on the outside of our shed, painted summer 2010. House paint and Acrylic on wood
About 8' x 8'
"Playa" 2006- Inspired by Burning Man Art and Sculpture, painted part of it at Burning man. Acrylic on canvas 26" x 26"

Untitled 2002, Oil on canvas 18" x 14"

"Sunspot" 2007, Acrylic on canvas 18" x 24"

Untitled 2009- Paper collage, Acrylic on canvas 30" x 24"

Detail "Milky Way" 2007

"Milky Way" 2007, Oil on Canvas 30" x 24"

"Vivid" 2005, Oil on canvas 30" x 24"

"Crossroads" 2005- painted during college painting course at the University of Oregon. Oil on wood 48" x 27"