Diane studied Venetian style glassblowing with Lino Tagliapietra, an Italian maestro considered by many to be the best in the world. This experience led her to begin experimenting with Venetian goblet glassblowing techniques. She worked to apply these techniques to large sculptural forms.
The Samba pieces feature organic shapes, including pears, persimmons and pumpkins. Each shape was specifically chosen for its sensual, feminine profile.
The work also includes 24-karat gold and sterling silver finishes. “Metal is a common thread for me,” says Diane. “It may come from being raised Roman Catholic. Important pieces were always gold or silver. I believe that viewers of my work have similar touch points. The finishes increase the perceived importance and create a nice juxtaposition with the sensuality.
Juxtaposition also occurs in the structure of the Samba pieces. The ornate middle section is framed by intentionally simple sections above and below.