We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Griffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I’m thinking that has several factors to consider. First, are you still having fun on a consistent basis. There will be days where you don’t have many sales (not fun), but if you still enjoy your art/craft then continue to pursue your passion. Second would be if you can still financial continue. That’s probably the hardest decision to see if the next event will be profitable.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Not sure this sets me apart from others, as the other glass artists are very helpful and sharing with their ideas – but I will talk to anyone about glass fusing. Maybe because I’m not in it to make a living, I am willing to share any information/knowledge I have on various techniques and fusing processes. I got to where I am today mostly by experimenting with different processes/techniques – finding out what works and what doesn’t.
I am privileged in that my retirement income allows me to pursue this art form. It wasn’t always easy starting out, not knowing how the glass will melt in the kiln; but you learn and move on to try different things.
I guess that is the lesson I have learned along the way, not everything will turn out how you are expecting – but the good thing about fusing glass – if it doesn’t come out like you expect, you can refire into a new art piece, so not all is lost.
My brand I would say is that I’m always looking at objects I see; wood, metal, stone, and imaging how I can incorporate glass into them to create a unique art object.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although I live in East County, I would have to say my favorite places are down by the beach. I take my dogs to Fiesta Island almost every morning for a 45 minute walk along the beach, then probably hit Liberty Station. There are so many places to eat and just hang out down there to walk around and relax, Luna Grill, Tender Greens and The Presley are a few of my favorites. Then pick some dinner and head to Mission Beach to watch the sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Would like to shoutout to the San Diego Craft Collective. Through happenstance, their president saw a post where I was helping someone sell their glass prior to moving out of state. Steffanie Dotson contacted me about teaching glass fusing classes. Something that I am very passionate about, sharing my love of glass through education.
I’m also back teaching @ San Diego Oasis – senior learning center in Grossmont Center. I was schedule to teach prior to COVID and now we have scheduled a few classes now that things are opening back up.