Professor Diane Kempler

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher
Field of Specialization: Ceramics
Name: Professor Diane Kempler  
Official Address: Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
Indian Host Institution: Sanskriti Pratishthan,
New Delhi
Duration of Grant & Start Date : Duration: 4 months
December 2011

Brief Bio:
Professor Diane Kempler is at present associated with Emory University, Atlanta where she is teaching ceramic sculpture for the past fourteen years. She has been a practicing artist for over twenty years, has had major exhibitions and received many awards. She has also created public art works in the United States and Bosnia. Her ceramic work focuses on the ideas of transition and transformation in the natural world as well as in humans. Travel in Asia has allowed her to pursue her research interest namely, observing hand building pottery techniques that exist in rural villages. She has also participated in ceramic studio residencies in Hungary, France, and Denmark where she has spent time developing her ceramic work.

Professor Kempler's Fulbright-Nehru research is titled as "Tradition and Modernity: Ceramics in India." Through this project Professor Kempler will conduct a ceramic research in villages that specialize in the production of pottery in India. The project has two main focus areas: one is to document by interview, video and photography, traditional methods and customs and second is to learn from potters new techniques that she will experiment within her own work as a ceramicist and teacher.