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Diane Schapira
Lakeville, CT
(860) 435-8013

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A Conversation
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About the Artist:
Diane attend Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where she majored in French and Spanish. When Diane was a senior at Clark, she went to see a potter demonstrate throwing pots on a potter’s wheel and her life was changed. Diane had been a maker of things by hand all my life. Her materials were glue, felt, sticks, string, yarn, shells, beads, wire, fabric, paper. But in 1970, as DianeI watched the pots form in her hands, she fell in love with clay.

Diane has continued making and teaching pottery for 39 years. She makes both functional pottery, thrown on a potter’s wheel, and sculpture. Diane says, "I love clay. I love how it feels. I love what I can do with it. Every day I am moved by its metaphors and its ability to encourage emotional calm and centeredness. I have studied with and been inspired by Richard Rappaport, Paulus Berensohn, M.C. Richards and the work and philosophy of Warren MacKenzie."

Diane is also one of the founders of the artgarage: a free after school, open art studio on the campus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.