Diana Tonnison

Following a highly successful career in the fashion industry including working for Missoni and the Scottish fashion designer, Bill Gibbs, Diana spent the 80s and 90s commissioning bespoke work for Interior Designers going onto create and run a fashion and textile national diploma course. In 2003 she left full-time employment to pursue a career as an artist and ceramicist. She has travelled widely in India, Morocco, South Africa Mozambique and Mallorca where she and her husband own a house. Her work is strongly influenced by her background in textiles, using colour, pattern and texture as well as from her travels in particular local crafts and markets and traditional textiles.

Diana explores the beauty and simplicity of the fish and produce markets with brilliantly coloured fish and vegetables   Her astonishing mastery of glazes enables her to make paintings in a ceramic medium. Her work often includes her flea market finds of a spoon fork, or knife.

‘My ceramics are paintings which just happen to be pots or three dimensional sculptural wall pieces. While I can work on the wheel my work is mainly hand built. I love to move between the different disciplines of mixed media painting on canvas and then to my ceramic surfaces.  I add the layers using slips and glazes, mixing different clays from porcelain to crank, and often re-firing the work several times until the desired effect is required’.

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