Tell us about yourself!
My name is Diane Chester-Demicco, I live and work near Boston, Massachusetts. Fourteen years ago, at a relatively advanced age, I took a highly anticipated glassblowing class and failed miserably because I realized that immediacy was not my style. After being guided into the slower options of sculptural coldworking and casting (glass and bronze), these techniques took over my life! I have enjoyed numerous workshops at the CMOG studios, exhibited in gallery and museum shows and have participated in outdoor sculpture installations.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My nature-based work draws inspiration from daily hikes on trails where I observe and photograph natural phenomena, ever-changing light, and collect treasures. Although my coldworked sculpture is very smooth, my cast glass is convoluted and organic. I have cast scores of stones (from my collection of thousands that clutter up my home!) and inserted glass into many others, creating “stone apertures”.
What is your dream project?
For many years I have had the fantasy of placing brightly colored cast glass into the layers of stratified highway cuts, providing a glimpse of unexpected sparkle and light into an everyday sight. The closest I have come to this is the work that I have done with “Roxbury Puddingstone Conglomerate” (the unique state rock of Massachusetts), removing loose, small rocks from local cliffs and replacing them with cast glass replicas.
What is something about you that most people don't know?
I have a graduate degree in music and have performed as a classical and opera singer while concurrently exploring various art mediums. Because a vocal performance is gone in a moment even if it has been recorded, I welcomed the relative permanence of working with glass, following my own themes versus interpreting music composed by someone else.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I cherish the wonderful friends that I have made in the glass community. GAS offers the unique opportunity to learn, observe and befriend glass artists from all over the world.
To learn more about Diane Chester-Demicco, go to her GAS Member Profile Page