Studio Interviews: Diana Fayt

by Grace Bonney

Artist Name: Diana Fayt
Shop Name and Url: Diana Fayt/One Black Bird
Website: www.dianafayt.com
Blog: www.oneblackbird.blogspot.com
City: (optional) San Francisco

Where in your home/apartment is your studio located?

My studio is about three miles from where I live in an area of San Francisco called the Bayview District. When I look out my window this old bus is what i see.

What equipment/tools do you use?

I use a slab roller, kilns, plaster molds most of which I make myself, wooden paddles, rubber ribs, sponges, paint brushes. I like to use unusual tools to make marks in the clay. I have many old tools that I have collected throughout the years which include things like old hand forged nails and awls. And of course my most important tools…my hands.

Do you have an inspiration board, and can you tell us what is inspiring you now?

Right now I am inspired by multiples of things in different shades of the same color. My most recent creation inspired by this is my yellow vase collection.

I used to have an inspiration board once upon a time but haven’t put one up in my new studio. When I moved in to my new studio I wanted a clean slate and not a lot of distraction so I keep external stuff to a minimum. I do have photos up of people who inspire me like Louise Bourgeois , Eva Hess and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I also have drawings I’ve made of pieces that I’d like to make and I have a shelf of weird stuff I like to collect like rusty bottle caps and dirt.

How do you create best (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)

I listen to a lot of NPR . So much so that I once upon a time I had this crazy fantasy of Terry Gross interviewing me and then one day a friend asked me if she did interview you what kind of questions would she ask? I thought about it and could not think of what the questions would be. I then realized I wasn’t really ready for an interview with Terry…but a girl can dream, right!? I also
listen to music. I love music and have very eclectic tastes so it can be from opera to reggae to the latest pop song to jazz to R & B to hungarian folk music. I love it all!

List (3) of your favorite artists :

Louise Bourgeios
Eva Zeisel
Lucy Rie

If yours isn’t, what would be your perfect studio?

I love the studio I have right now. It has beautiful light and lots of clean white walls and closets to store away things that I don’t want in my way. The only thing I would change is that it would be walking distance from my home and that it would have heat and hot water. Other than that it is pretty darn perfect.

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