As a glaze artist, she brings together an alchemy of heat and compounds to create her works. At this, she’s a master - quite literally - having earned her Masters in Science from Massey, and working in micro and molecular biology before joining us.
Now, four years’ into her artistic sea change, Dianne is very much an integral part of the hand decoration team. Day to day you’ll find her glazing her intricate patterns and designs onto pots, wall hangings and earthenware.
These days, her scientific background plays out on a very different canvas. All our glazes are handcrafted and uniquely our own, making her lab experience invaluable, but at Morris & James, she’s also inspired by regular walks in our gorgeous local environment, and her team of fellow artists. She also used to assist Ant Morris, turning his clay sculptures into glass sculptures.
Dianne continues to developer her love for hand decorating, but you’ll also find her with customers in the showroom, throwing mugs and bowls, and glazing larger items with the spray glaze air gun. Her favourite assignments are one-off follies and our popular Old Roses pot designs, as these allow the freedom of form she enjoys - a far cry from the rigidity of the laboratory!
When she heads home to the gorgeous nearby community of Puhoi, you might find her singing and gigging, making jewellery, or exploring local art galleries.
Her personal Morris & James collection includes Molten design and bronze glazed items.
Ask for Dianne when you next visit. She’ll be only too happy to show you her latest works and tell you a little of the science, art and inspiration that went into each.