Texas artist Diana Synatzske sculpts high-fire stoneware ceramics that conjure memories of her childhood. Everyday items such as trunks, tackle boxes, a Zippo lighter and a chest of drawers are thoughtfully rendered to recreate vintage objects from her past.
In her words, Synatzske grew up "in an overly-strict Baptist family" during the sixties in white middle class Texas. Her undergraduate degree was earned through Tarleton State University where she studied art and education. Then in the course her career as a teacher, Synatzske developed an intense desire to pursue art again. She went back to school and earned a Masters of Art Education degree--with a focus on ceramics--from Texas Tech University through a program developed for working teachers. In the beginning Synatzske produced functional pottery, but gradually she seemed to gravitate toward a more sculptural form. After graduating from Texas Tech in the summer of 2010, she wanted a more complex level of understanding in the area of ceramics and sculpture, and she enrolled in her second Master's program at Louisiana Tech University. She finished at Louisiana Tech in May of 2013.
Today, Synatzske's work continues in the sculptural tradition she perfected in her Master's program. Her work always tells a story, or holds a very special memory for the artist.