Good Natured: Work by Diana Kersey Opening Reception February 9
Good Natured: Work by Diana Kersey

(ROCKPORT, TX). A working ceramicist specializing in public works, Diana Kersey lives and creates elaborate ceramic work in San Antonio. In 1994, Kersey achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from Texas Tech University, and in 1997 she earned her Masters of Fine Art in ceramics from Washington State University. Since 2016, Kersey has taught in the Fine Arts Department of the Northwest Vista College, in San Antonio, Texas. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at McMurray University, Louise Underwood Center for the Arts, 18 Hands Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery at Texas Lutheran University, and the Goldesberry Gallery.  

Kersey describes the dramatic meaning behind her intricately decorated work: “My Art is about the end of the world. It is about more ‘happy’ things too. For example, my love of the clay material and the natural world, the magic of the potter’s wheel, the alchemy of glazes, and the world-wide human culture that is recorded in the pots I study in museums, books, and on the internet.”

Kersey thinks deeply about the messages conveyed by each of her pieces. She closely examines the way interpretations of her work change depending on the mood and perspective of the viewer. “I am naturally an optimist. On good days I think my work is hopeful. A reminder that nature and beauty are linked, are important and worth working to preserve and restore. On bad days, I think my work is recording the naivety and delusions of our fossil fueled era. I wonder if I am simply viewing and projecting our world from the eyes of Voltaire’s Pangloss who claimed that ‘all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.’"

Kersey’s numerous public artworks have been commissioned by: The City of San Antonio; VIA Metropolitan Transit; the San Antonio River Authority; and the City of Harlingen. Kersey and her work have appeared in publications including; the San Antonio Current, the San Antonio Express News, Time Warner Cable News, The Rivard Report, and Texas Public Radio.

Good Natured, Kersey’s maiden Rockport show, is part of this year’s Rockport Clay Expo which takes place Saturday, February 9th and 10, 2019. A gallery talk with the artist takes place February 9 at 4:30 PM. A reception with the artist will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. However, the exhibit opens to the public a week earlier, on February 1st and it runs through Saturday, March 2nd. To learn more about Kersey’s ceramic process and technique, clay enthusiasts can attend a hand building demonstration at the Art Center, Sunday, February 10 from 10:30 AM to Noon.

Curator, Elena Rodriguez states “Clay Expo is always such a fun way to kick off the Exhibition calendar - between the pottery fair and the clay demos, there is so much energy downtown. And now with the first ever Art Loop, it’s sure to be a celebration of art and community. I am so excited to showcase Diana Kersey’s work. The colors, patterns, and movement in her pieces bring such joy to the viewer.”

Rockport Center for the Arts is now located in downtown Rockport, at 106 S. Austin St. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4 PM. Admission is always free and open to the public. Visit rockportartcenter.com or call 361-729-5519 for more information.