Bio

Portrait

Artist Statement
“I am interested in all disciplines related to art and creativity. I chose to make jewelry, because I like to think they are little pieces of art that have the privilege to travel easily around the world.” The jewels by Maria Diana aims to innovate without neglecting style. Wishing to explore new frontiers in expression, Maria Diana provides a modern interpretation, using unconventional materials, for classical and exclusively feminine jewels, such as pearl necklaces. Her bracelets and necklaces are made of porcelain beads with insert in gold and platinum. Each piece in her collection is unique and brings together style, research, tradition and innovation. her jewels have been exhibited in museum and international stores including V&A Museum (London), La Pedrera (Bracelona), Mitsukoshi (Tokyo), Mad Museum (New York), World Trade Center (Dubai)and Norton Museum (West Palm Beach, Florida)

Professional Experience
Maria Diana starts her artistic career by attending the contemporary artist Maria Lai studio and she acquired from her especially the artistic sensibility. In this period she learned the techniques of manufacturing of ceramic and design as well as the study of composition and the balance between the volumes and shapes. The architectural studies have completed the training period ended with a degree at Polytechnic University of Turin. The general and specific artistic techniques on ceramic materials were then depth through many master classes, in different places of Italy. Since 2000 she starts the artistic research in contemporary jewelry by applying the techniques acquired in the production of unique pieces also using the high temperature materials. Recently she starts to investigate the traditional metalsmith technique and the lost wax productive process. Over the years her jewels have been shown in collective exhibition in galleries of arts and museums such as V&A Museum of London, Mad Museum of New York and Norton Museum of West Palm Beach. Her jewels are on sale in stores all over the world.

The technique
The main material used for Maria Diana creations is the porcelain colored with oxides such as cobalt, iron, manganese or natural white. The porcelain is manipulated handmade with different shapes and textures, then it is fired at high temperature 1200/1300°C in special kilns. Then it can be decorated with precious metals (gold or platinum luster) and fired again at 750 °C. The peculiarity of Maria Diana creations is the organic or geometric textures and the combination with other materials (bronze, silver, leather, rubber) and with other technologies (lost wax casting technique, laser cut technology, 3D printing).