Every month in our e-newsletter I like to spotlight at least one of our clients. It’s a great way to share how we work with our clients, as well as give you, our audience an insight into the wide variety of businesses we work with. In this post, I share one of those spotlights with you. May I introduce you to Diana Tonnison, a ceramic artist.
Diana is an award-winning, professional ceramic artist and painter living and working in Buckinghamshire. She has been working with us since she set up her business in 2007.
How Diana started her career..
Studying fashion and textiles at St Martin’s School of Art during 1970’s, its creative heyday, she graduated with a first-class degree. Her first role was with Missoni near Milan, the world-famous fashion knitwear house. She then came back to England to work for Bill Gibb, one of the influential fashion designers of the 70’s London fashion scene.
After many years of working in fashion, interior design and teaching fashion and textile students in design, Diana decided to have a slight redirection of her artistic career. After a ‘mid-life’ gap year travelling, she decided to set up her studio ceramics business. In 2007 she launched her ceramics and paintings in a solo exhibition and since then she has been exhibiting and selling her work around the country in galleries and Art& Craft Fairs.
Her art and knitted textiles background influences her ceramics today, demonstrating her strong flair for colour, pattern, texture and form.
Where does she get her inspiration from?
Local markets, in this country and abroad, are Diana’s favourite places. She is inspired by the plethora of shapes, textures and displays of local land and sea produce as well as the excitement of these busy markets which are all about people, their way of life and, for hundreds of years, the centre of communication, gossip and networking.
Colour also plays a strong part in her work with inspiration coming from her travels in India, Morocco, South Africa, South America, Mozambique and Mallorca where she has a home. Her Fish, Fruit and Veg market boxes and her still-life sculptural ceramic paintings continue to be hugely popular and sold in Liberty’s of London; her work can be found in customers’ houses around the world.
2016 Brings a new product range
This year Diana has been developing a new unique product, images of her ceramics are expertly printed onto recycled wood panels, the texture and grain of wood gives an added characteristic to the art, each a signed limited edition print. As these images can be printed to large and bespoke sizes so they have pots of possibilities for interior design making a great focal point in a room. (See example pictured below)
Diana has recently been awarded the Gold Prize for Craft & Design Magazine’s Selected Maker competition for Ceramics 2016. On winning the award she said: “Winning this prize will enable me to develop my ceramic art and move into new products for using my ceramic images such as my printed recycled wood panels and associated products. I would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who voted for me”.
You can view Diana’s work on her website and she welcomes visitors to her studio and gallery in Hanslope, Milton Keynes (contact her first to make sure she is in). She is on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and you can contact her on 07887561042 or email. Remember to also have a look at her beautiful Wood Panel Print catalogue > PDF copy here for you.