‘Arabesque’ literally means ‘arab-like’ and was coined by Europeans to define movements in the arts influenced by Islam. You’ll find an arabesque in poetry, dance, music and architecture. Diane uses it for the visual reference to an architectural detail known as an arabesque, or in layman’s terms, a ‘curlicue’, which you will find in a lot of her work. The arabesque suggests the beauty and continuity of life.
Diane Sullivan received her Masters of Fine Art in Ceramic Art from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1994. She began her pottery business, Arabesque Pottery, in 1996, while living in Calgary, Alberta. For the last 22 years she has worked full-time as a professional potter, wholesaling, consigning and retailing across North America, as well as maintaining an exhibition record of unique one of a kind work. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has been collected by our Canadian government as well as many prestigious private collections. In 2008 she returned to Ontario, relocating her business and life to Williamsburg, Ontario.