Unexpected Guests: Diana Fayt.
This week we’re staying close to home, and visiting the über talented ceramicist Diana Fayt, right here in San Francisco. I met Diana through our dear, mutual friend, Eszter Rabin, who had given me a piece of Diana’s beautiful pottery as a gift. Later, I kept running into Diana at local art openings, and became a huge fan of her very prolific body of work – from incredible drawings, to her gorgeous ceramics. Diana has her own kiln and works out of a charming studio in the Bayview District. When I saw Diana’s flickr photos of her amazing, cozy home, I just knew I needed to invite her to Unexpected Guests. Thank you so much for sharing, Diana. You can shop for Diana’s ceramic pieces in her etsy shop, and for more about Diana and her work, visit her website, and her blog, One Black Bird.
What neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Duboce Triangle; A small neighborhood nestled between, The Castro District, The Lower Haight and Market Street. It is a lovely area, with tree lined streets, great views and is smack dab in the center of San Francisco.
Who is your favorite artist? And why?
Gosh I love so many Artists but if I were to pick a favorite it would be Louise Bourgeois. She demystified art making for me, she is herself, and she has never stopped making work.
Who do you admire and why?
My mother. She has survived an immense amount of adversity in her life. She has done more work than anyone I know to right her wrongs and is a truly happy person. She is my hero.
Do you collect anything?
Well, I was just saying to my buddy Lisa Congdon, that the only reason I might need to move to a larger place is to house my growing collection of ceramics and pottery. I am also currently collecting red drawings and prints. I also collect pine cones and weird old tools. I used to collect kitty whiskers when I had cats.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Hmmmm, I suppose it might be buying plants and flowers for my garden. That’s not very good is it…I’ll have to think about it some more. I am certain I have a guilty pleasure that is more juicy than buying plants. Ahhh, yes, driving my car long distances while listening to music. Not very kosher these days. I also like cookies, a lot!
What is your most treasured belonging?
A basket that was my grandmother’s. She carried it with her when she escaped from Hungary in 1956.
If you could be any other nationality, which would it be?
I love being Hungarian…wouldn’t want it any other way.
What’s your greatest indulgence?
Maribelle Hot Chocolate. The stuff is the price of gold and I really can’t afford it. Though when I am a little flush with dosh, I’ll splash out on a tin. It is so delicious!