Clay is my passion. Decoration is my language. Since 1990.
2020 marks 30 years of me working full time in clay! It has also been a year of huge change for most of us on this planet. A life that used to be determined by a bustling show schedule for me, fell like dominoes through the spring and summer months as the shows all cancelled, or through necessity I withdrew.
In this Covidian time I find life much simpler. You can now find me in my store in Williamsburg or at the Ottawa Farmers' Market on Saturdays in Westboro where I am a season vendor through October. And, of course, I am always open online!
So welcome to my spiffed up website. You can look at my work through the Catalogue and accompanying "tags" list or through the Collections. All the same work, the "Collections" has just grouped it. No doubt there are things that need some tweaking, but mosey your way through the menus, I think you will find it a fun journey. Enjoy, Diane Sullivan, MFA.
Free Delivery, Free Pick Up & Free Shipping!
FREE DELIVERY As I navigate the wonders of this new website I am happy to offer free delivery to those living within Ottawa, the burbs or South Dundas. Your address will trigger this option at checkout, and I will be in touch to confirm delivery time.
FREE PICK UP is also available at the Williamsburg store. Use this if you want to grab it online first to guarantee it's there for you when you come to the store. Enter the discount code FREEPICKUP at checkout, you won't be charged shipping and I will know the piece is sold and hold it for you.
FREE SHIPPING is applied to all purchases over $400. Shipping charges apply to all purchases $400 and under at this time (wink wink nudge nudge).
FLAT RATE SHIPPING: I am using flat rate shipping for geographical areas based on amount spent. The rate changes after $50, $150, and $400, when it becomes free.
FOR 2020 all the prices include tax. This is my discount gift to you. I still pay the government the taxes I have collected for them.
E-TRANSFER PAYMENT is now an option in the checkout process. Just click Bank Transfer and follow the instructions.
ARABESQUE POTTERY: THE BACKSTORY
My earlier work sought to decipher decoration’s meaning and relationship to our current world. In 1996, I created Arabesque Pottery, a studio line of functional and non-functional forms that complement my larger one-of-a-kind pieces. I make the work on the potter's wheel or by hand building slabs of clay then decorate when the clay is still wet either by carving in to the clay or applying a print transfer technique.
‘Arabesque’ literally means ‘arab-like’ and was coined by Europeans to define movements in the arts influenced by Islam. You’ll find an arabesque in poetry, dance, music and architecture. I am using it for the visual reference to an architectural detail known as an arabesque, or in layman’s terms, a ‘curlicue’, which you will find in a lot of my work. The arabesque suggests the beauty and continuity of life.
In 2006, I had the great pleasure of traveling to China for a residency. The result of that visit has been the return to larger scale sculptures, now incorporating figurative references. And I still create the pottery line. Both the sculptures and the pottery have historical references to European and Asian ceramic history as well as everyday Canadian life.