Diana Davis November - December 2017
About the Artist
Diana Davis came into the jewelry world through beading in 2000. After three years of creating designs with other glass artists’ beads, Davis decided it was time to learn to make her own glass beads for the centerpiece of her necklaces. She learned glass working from artists such as Kristina Logan, Stephanie Sersich, Astrid Riedel and more. By 2005, Davis was using her own glass in her designs. This led to the desire of wanting her finished pieces to be entirely of her own creation. She then took a metalsmithing class at Hyland Hills Recreation Center and made her first silver piece, a belt buckle that is shown in this collection. After a couple of years, Davis began classes at the Denver School of Metal Arts and the Boulder Metalsmithing Associates were she really began to take on the craft of metalsmithing. Davis began forging metal with Travis Ogden. She continued to develop her skills in Chasing and Repoussé with masters such as II Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca and Ronda Coryell. Currently, Davis is stepping into the world of lapidary so that she can further her designs as complete creations of her own. She has begun this journey with classes from John Heusler.
After working with several types of materials, the challenge and esthetic of metals has continued to appeal to Davis the most, though her favorite part of the process is design. This interest began as a child when her mother, a talented seamstress, taught Davis the craft of sewing. As Davis desired to further her knowledge, she took sewing classes from several experts and she began making her own clothing as well as her children’s. It was this enthusiasm in fashion that led to her to the desire to make jewelry that would match the clothing she made.
Davis pulls her inspirations from artists of all mediums such as Kristina Logan’s beads, Marne Ryan’s gold work, Talya Baharal and Gene Gnida’s jewelry designs and Andy Cooperman’s complex metal pieces. As well as Sydney Lynch, Elaine Rader, Roger Rimel and back to Art Smith, Alexander Calder and Betty Cooke, to name a few. Davis, being an early bird, prefers to start the day bright and early with a clear idea of a design that incorporates vibrant colors and bold shapes that allow her to achieve pieces that one could consider “wearable art”. She enjoys the spirit of collaboration that allows the exchange of knowledge and design with others.