Diana Tonnison

Following a highly successful career in the fashion industry including working for Missoni and the Scottish fashion designer, Bill Gibb, 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. 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’. Her work has also been on sale in Liberty’s, Knox Design in Mallorca – who combine original art with colourful Mediterranean interiors, Ashmolean Museum reflecting food seen in the current ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ exhibition and galleries in England and Scotland. Her work hangs in customers’ houses round the world from Bahamas & USA across to Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Recent Exhibitions include Scotlandart, Glasgow 2019, Woburn Mosaic Gallery, Woburn, Beds, 2019. Handmade in Britain, Oxford 2018. She has been published in Craft & Design Magazine and Ceramic Review and won numerous prizes. Her work is in the Oxfordshire Museum’s permanent Contemporary Craft Collection.
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