Rockport Center for the Arts | Coupled With The Rockport Clay Expo, Downtown Comes Together For A Weekend Of Activities For Locals And Visitors

Good Natured, Diana Kersey’s Energetic Ceramic Works Examine The Effect Of Human Activity On Texas Plants And Animals

A working ceramicist specializing in public works, Diana Kersey lives and creates elaborate ceramic work in San Antonio. In 1994, Kersey achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from Texas Tech University, and in 1997 she earned her Masters of Fine Art in ceramics from Washington State University. Since 2016, Kersey has taught in the Fine Arts Department of the Northwest Vista College, in San Antonio, Texas. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at McMurray University, Louise Underwood Center for the Arts, 18 Hands Gallery, Fine Arts Gallery at Texas Lutheran University, and the Goldesberry Gallery.

Kersey describes the dramatic meaning behind her intricately decorated work: “My Art is about the end of the world. It is about more ‘happy’ things too. For example, my love of the clay material and the natural world, the magic of the potter’s wheel, the alchemy of glazes, and the world-wide human culture that is recorded in the pots I study in museums, books, and on the internet.”

Kersey thinks deeply about the messages conveyed by each of her pieces. She closely examines the way interpretations of her work change depending on the mood and perspective of the viewer. “I am naturally an optimist. On good days I think my work is hopeful. A reminder that nature and beauty are linked, are important and worth working to preserve and restore. On bad days, I think my work is recording the naivety and delusions of our fossil fueled era. I wonder if I am simply viewing and projecting our world from the eyes of Voltaire’s Pangloss who claimed that ‘all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.’"

Kersey’s numerous public artworks have been commissioned by: The City of San Antonio; VIA Metropolitan Transit; the San Antonio River Authority; and the City of Harlingen. Kersey and her work have appeared in publications including; the San Antonio Current, the San Antonio Express News, Time Warner Cable News, The Rivard Report, and Texas Public Radio.

Good Natured, Kersey’s maiden Rockport show, is part of this year’s Rockport Clay Expo which takes place Saturday, February 9th and 10, 2019. A gallery talk with the artist takes place February 9 at 4:30 PM. A reception with the artist will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. However, the exhibit opens to the public a week earlier, on February 1st and it runs through Saturday, March 2nd. To learn more about Kersey’s ceramic process and technique, clay enthusiasts can attend a hand building demonstration at the Art Center, Sunday, February 10 from 10:30 AM to Noon.

Curator, Elena Rodriguez states “Clay Expo is always such a fun way to kick off the Exhibition calendar - between the pottery fair and the clay demos, there is so much energy downtown. And now with the first ever Art Loop, it’s sure to be a celebration of art and community. I am so excited to showcase Diana Kersey’s work. The colors, patterns, and movement in her pieces bring such joy to the viewer.”

Rockport Center for the Arts is now located in downtown Rockport, at 106 S. Austin St. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4 PM. Admission is always free and open to the public. Visit or call 361-729-5519 for more information.

About the Rockport Clay Expo, February 9 and 10, 2019

Organized by the Aransas County Council on Aging, the 17th annual event is a fundraiser that benefits the organization’s Meals on Wheels Program. The weekend tourism event includes activities throughout the downtown area:

  • Saturday February 9th from 10 AM to 4 PM, Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair (suggested donation $5 per person) held at the Woman’s Club and Rockport Center for the Arts featuring twenty artists who work on clay;
  • Art Center Market, Saturday February 9th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM;
  • A solo ceramic exhibit featuring San Antonio’s Diana Kersey with an opening reception at Rockport Center for the Arts;

Rockport Art Loop, simultaneous openings at 8 art spaces in Downtown Rockport- 
Rockport Center for the Arts 
Anita Diebel Studio
The Gallery at Latitudes Restaurant 
Coast Modern
Wind Way Gallery
Estelle Stair Gallery
John Martell Photography 
Stan Irvin Ceramics;
  • Fine food experiences at 495 Chesapeake Eats, Latitudes, and Apple Dumpling Deli;
  • Pottery demonstrations at Rockport Center for the Arts, Stan Irvin Ceramics and Wind Way Gallery throughout the day on Sunday, February 10th;
  • A Chocolate Crawl at thirty stores and shops throughout the downtown area that will stay open until 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 9th.
The 2019 Rockport Clay Expo is entirely a downtown Rockport experience. For the second year in a row the Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair will be held at the Women’s Club. Visitors are encouraged to park, walk to all of the sites, support downtown businesses and experience all that the area has to offer.

For more information consult the Clay Expo brochure available at Rockport Center for the Arts, the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, participating art spaces and eateries, visit,, or call 361-729-5519.

Support for Rockport Clay Expo is provided by:

Aransas Council on Aging; Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport Cultural Arts District, Prosperity Bank; Hooking Bull Boatyard, Inc., Johnson and Creekmore PLLC, WellMed Charitable Foundation and Risk Resources LLC. Individual support is provided by Mary L. and Bob Ruf. Government support is provided by the City of Rockport and the Town of Fulton.

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