Diana Kersey

My studio work focuses on the way our urban environment disconnects us from the natural world. When we create a barrier between ourselves and nature, effects like climate change and environmental destruction are easier to ignore. For me, working with clay is a way of reconnecting with the earth itself. Kersey is a visual artist working exclusively in clay, from small studio pieces to large architectural installations. Her work has become instantly identifiable, due to the muscular, spontaneous qualities of the material enhances with her colorful, translucent glazes. Her public works have been commissioned by the City of San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit, The San Antonio River Authority, and the City of Harlingen. She is currently working on two of her largest private commissions to date (over 650 square feet) for a new office tower in San Antonio, Texas. Kersey earned an MFA in ceramics from Washington State University in 1997, and a BFA in drawing from Texas Tech University in 1994. She serves on the faculty at Northwest Vista College and owns and operates Kersey Ceramics LLC.