Dianne Peach 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, then moved to her Newmarket home where she practiced for nearly 30 years. Following 5 years at the Sunshine Coast she is now at Kelvin Grove where 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.
She 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 through Skepsi Galleries, Melbourne and Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle.
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: Winner of the Klytie Pate Award 2018 : "A Small Brewed 2" Image: Dianne Peach