In the Artist's Studio with Dianne M. Riva Cambrin

July 08, 2015  •  1 Comment

After a bit of a break I am back with In The Artist’s Studio, this time highlighting Dianne Riva Cambrin, who, for those of you that don’t know, is a glass artist and long time member of the High River Art Society.

DianneOutdoors, where so much of her inspiration is derived.

I met with Dianne and after tea and cherry crisp came away knowing so much more about someone who I thought I had known for years. Our sons played hockey together but as hockey parents you often only get to know that limited side of a person. I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet Dianne the artist, who like so many has multiple layers and facets to her personality.

I’m here to help you get to know about her art, how she came to it and how her life is affected by it. I have always been attracted to glass works, the manner that glass melts and flows with heat, yet stays uniquely itself, never blending it's colours like paint makes it a challenging medium to create with. For Dianne, like fabrics for the quilter and clay for the sculpture - glass is what gives life to her creative drive.

Art & Creativity Explained

Having developed arthritis from repetitive keyboard work, Dianne lost the ability to hold a paintbrush and the lack of that creative outlet left a hole in her that her children recognized needed to be filled. They presented her with a gift certificate to a glass beading class and while that did not end up being the outlet for her, it did make her think working with glass may be something she could handle. And handle it she did and does - beautifully. One of the side benefits of working with the tools required for her glass creations is the improvements to the mobility and strength in her hands. While she must limit time spent working her glass creations to one hour parcels those hours are therapeutic and help to combat the effects of the arthritis.

Like a jigsaw puzzle that you get to make the pieces for.

Like most High River artists, Dianne’s studio was severely affected by the flood, but also, like so much of town, her new studio is much improved. A more organized space I have not seen (well maybe Sue Jones’ studio could compare).  It provides her with all the tools she needs at hand and storage for items that will become part of her future pieces.

A place for everything and everything in it's place!Notice the band-aids, a necessary item for anyone working with glass. Dianne begins all her pieces with her own original designs. The inspiration for which is often drawn on by the nature that surrounds her home. Love of the out of doors comes through in many of her pieces from trout in a stream to chickadees singing on a branch and like snowflakes – no two designs are the same.

A place for everything...

and everything in it's place.

But wait! There's more to her area of expertise than traditional stained glass pieces. She has branched out to include fused glass creations, slumped glass and jewelry, all of which can be found on display on her website, aptly named www.chickadeeglass.ca. The addition of a kiln to her workshop/studio opened doors to new opportunities and has expanded her ability for creating wonderful new designs. Sometimes she even creates a fused glass piece that becomes part of a stained glass work.

In the KilnThis piece may find it's way into a new stained glass creation or stand on it's own. Fused glass, one of a kind jewelry and stained glass expands her creative juices.

Some of Dianne's works are also on display at Highwood Art in downtown High River as well as being available for purchase in shows like the Spring and Fall Show & Sale hosted by the High River Art Society.

OR if you have an occasion upcoming and are looking for something unique for someone contact Dianne via her website and she will create a one of a kind piece that is tailored to your wants and needs.


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Love what you are doing...great interviews and great photography...
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