Thursday, May 19, 2011

Diane Balber: : Precious Metal Clay

Today we are visiting the studio of Diane Balber, jewelry designer.
Diane's studio is in her sun-drenched, art-filled home. She has been creating professionally with precious metal clay for more than four years.
Diane studied design in college and then began a career in education, all the while taking art classes in various media. She knew she had found her niche when she took a class in precious metal clay. She loves the pace that PMC work requires, the inclusion of lots of texture and pattern and the "organic" feel of the finished product.
Diane's display pieces also reflect her vintage, organic style. She uses many of the pieces you see here in her shows.
Diane participates in more than 15 shows every year. This year will find her in Chicago, Bloomington, Indiana, and of course, Missouri.
She recently started working in 3-D. Diane oxidizes most of her work. 
Diane is extremely organized and has so many wonderful tools in her space - professional instruments and found objects alike. "It has taken me years to collect my tools and stamps," she said.
Diane loves to incorporate items that she finds at estate sales into her work. 
Look what happens when you roll out the PMC onto a texture plate. Rubber stamps, buttons and even burlap can create incredible textures.
Diane purchased her kiln a year-and-a-half ago. Prior to that, she fired her work at a mentor's home. The PMC community is small, she said, and artists work together to help each other.
Diane is a juried member of Best of Missouri Hands. And she is now mentoring beginners by teaching workshops in oxidizing.
This is her inspiration and idea board.
You can find Diane's work locally: Dot Dot Dash in Clayton, Giddy Up Jane in Ladue.
She is also a featured artist at Blue Stem Crafts in Columbia, Missouri.

Diane's next show, June 3, 4 and 5: 
in Webster Groves
Thank you Diane!

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