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 Flameworked Art Glass Bead Creations by Diana Dugina

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Diana Dugina has been creating glass beads and incorporating them into her eclectic jewelry designs since 1998. Her inspiration evolves from patterns found in the natural world and design approaches from the Arts & Crafts Period and ancient Central Asian and Eastern European Motifs. What fascinates her most about working with glass is its ability to change face from being translucent, reflective and polished to densely pigmented, rough and earthen worn: a dichotomy, she feels, that reflects upon the many aspects of herself and her life.

Studying sculpture, color theory and design at the Ivy School of Art and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design and graphic art technology from La Roche College. Her professional life toggles between the design and communications and the glass art world.

Diana served on the board of directors and was the Vice-president of Marketing and Communications for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers for over 6 years. She was responsible for the organization's marketing endeavors. Additionally, she was the design director all of the organization’s exhibit catalogs and the editor-in-chief and designer of The Glass Bead, the quarterly publication of the ISGB.

Diana’s art glass beads have appeared in Jim Kervin’s, 2001 edition of More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking, and Lark Books’1000 Glass Beads. And, in 2006, her work was juried into the ISGB’s Metamorphosis exhibit that debuted at the Heinz History Center during the 2005 Glass Art Conference and thereafter toured nationally.

In 2001, Diana worked with the Society of Glass Beadmakers in the creation of the local Pittsburgh chapter, the 3 Rivers Glass Beadmakers. Diana served on the board of directors and was the vice-president of Marketing and Communications for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers for over 6 years. She was responsible for the organization's advertising initiatives, catalog design, and publication, educational materials and promotional items. Additionally, she was the design director all of the organization’s exhibit catalogs and the editor-in-chief and designer of The Glass Bead, the quarterly publication of the ISGB.

As a juried member of the Pittsburgh Craftsmen's Guild, Diana exhibits her work each year at the Guild’s Fair In The Park in Mellon Park. Additionally, she served on the Guild's committee in the creation of ‘A Tryst with Glass’. This exhibit invited craftsmen and artists working in a variety of mediums to incorporate their primary materials with glass. This exhibit provided an opportunity for all artists to join in the celebration of Pittsburgh's Year of Glass.