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Diana Fayt Nevada City, California
Diana Fayt is a modern day scrimshaw artist, whose chosen medium is clay rather than whalebone. Drawing on her background as a painter, sculpture, printmaker and clayer, her surfaces are alive with strange and exotic stories, part folklore and part personal narrative. Through her signature process of etching in clay, the shadows of birds and rabbits come alive to play in forests of intricately rendered botanical specimens, exotic sea creatures lurk below antique sailing vessels, primitive marking allude to atomic structures and everyday objects blur the lines between form and function. Fayt’s work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad. She has been featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly as well as in numerous Japanese and American Publications, such as Zakka, Lee, Mademoiselle (Japan) and Sunset Magazine, San Francisco 7x7, and "Crafting a Meaningful Home" (STC craft publications). Her roster of clients include Heath Ceramics and Terrain. When she is not working in her Bayview studio, she can be found teaching technique in workshops around the country at destinations such as Santa Fe Clay and Metchosin School of the Arts, online, at Creativebug.com and via her self-created online e-course, The Clayer. A graduate of the California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts), she currently lives and works in Nevada City, CA, with a sweet pooch named Louie and an ever growing collection of fine art and found ephemera.