Dianne Peach (b.1947) studied ceramics at the Central Technical College in Brisbane, then set up "The Pottery Shop" at Upper Mt Gravatt and began teaching in 1966. She established a new studio, "Bellbird Pottery", on Mt Nebo Road, Upper Kedron, during the 80s, and moved again to her home stuidio at Newmarket where she practiced for nearly 30 years. Now resident on the Sunshine Coast she is making a range of one-off pieces by wheel, hand and cast methods and teaches regularly at Brisbane Institute of Art.
Dianne Peach was introduced to pottery in the mid 60s and became part of the second wave of studio potters making high quality functional and decorative ware in the rapidly expanding Australian craft movement.
Experienced in many methods of hand-building and casting, as well as being a master thrower, she works with a wide selection of clay types and firing conditions creating exceptionally well crafted unique and innovative one-off pieces.
Dianne's current work is bold and visually arresting, and is now more aptly described as sculptural rather than functional vessel making.
Dianne has held nine solo exhibitions, and participated in numerous group shows in Australia as well as exhibiting in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, England, and China where her work has been acquired.
She is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most State Galleries and many regional public and private collections.
Currently her work can be acquired from Brisbane Modern Art Gallery, Queensland, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle and Narek Galleries, Tanja, NSW.
Co-curricular activities include 2+9+4 years on the Board of Ceramic Arts Queensland, (formerly Fusions and Queensland Potters’ Association), 3 years on the Crafts Board of the Australia Council, and numerous engagements for teaching, reviewing, judging and advocacy. In 2004 she was named Queensland's first "Ceramic Icon" by Crafts Queensland.Main image: “A Sentence of Teapots” 2014 Photo: Richard Stringer