Diane Gee comes to this as a second career, which enables her to explore new themes and designs every year. Diane is a porcelain potter and sculptor, retired from a 30 year career with IBM, who has returned to pottery, God Willing, for the ‘next 30 years.’ A three-dimensional thinker and problem solver, Diane tries to follow her mother’s example as a fearless lifelong-learner, and enjoys the active support of her Chinese-American husband, Raymond.
Rachel Witt, is a busy mother of six who is endlessly creative and who has mastered a wide variety of media. She is an inventive mixed-media mosaic artist and master of re-purposing materials, who believes you need beauty around you every day. Rachel is also Diane’s daughter and with the support of her Purdue assistant professor husband Michael, she demonstrates a fierce creativity in her art and a persistent organization in her family life.
Robin Pickett, “sister-by-choice” is a graphic designer by profession, who explores textures and colors with strong cross-cultural influences. She is a talented illustrator, fiber, fabric and re-purposed materials artist by choice. A small-town (Brazil, Indiana) native who is married to Sundeep Rao (from Mumbai, India), Robin imbues her work with warmth and joy, and multi-cultural influences from her husband and their shared pursuit of West African drumming.
Gail Johnston, ”sister-by-choice,” is a master potter who offers traditional stoneware, Raku pottery, amazing stoneware and crystal glaze work, as well as fused and slumped glass. Gail has been throwing pots since she was a teenager, and as Diane says, ‘If Gail can’t throw it, it doesn’t need to be thrown!’ Gail finds joy in the beauty of creation around her, and is supported by Purdue professor husband Cliff.
Peter Falk, ”adopted” little brother, is a master woodworker and sculptor. He offers extraordinary wood sculpture, inlaid marquetry work, as well as lovely everyday pieces from reclaimed wood. A Midwest native, Peter moved to New England to work with a historic carpenter there, and to study under international wood sculptor, Dimetrios Klitsas. He returned to be close to family, and shares the Grateful Heart vision that reclaimed materials and beauty should be part of everyday life.