Although Diane Ahrendt was born October 11, 1957 in Corvallis, Oregon she was raised in The Dalles, Oregon. Always good at math and having a father who was a civil engineer may have influenced Diane into studying and obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State in 1980 in electrical engineering. While in college, she took classes in stained glass and became hooked on making stained glass windows. She also took classes in weaving, falling in love with the process as another outlet for her fondness for design, color and doing things with her hands.
After graduation, Diane began a professional life with her major as a Process Engineer at Tektronix and then a co-owner, with her husband, Wayne, of Northwest Video Works which was a video post-production facility.
In 1997, Diane continued her artistic creativity by enrolling in the Pacific Northwest College of Art continuing education program and taking glass blowing classes. She had lots of practice as a friend had a small studio in her garage enabling Diane to progress in her glass art.
It has taken Diane years of hard work to be satisfied with the results, but now with her own glass blowing studio she is equipped with everything she needs to create breathtaking blown and sculptured glass art. She finds herself letting the process of glasswork create its own life while experimenting and discovering. Diane finds every phase of blowing glass facinating; from the molten heat that fires imagination to the last breath of life brought to each piece. Her glass art is both intricate and explosive, delicate and transparent,and full of life reflecting Diane's love of color.
Diane's gorgeous blown glass shapes are accentuated by her delicate colors and shimmering details of colorful strands embedded and woven in the glass, surprising the viewer as the light strikes at just the right angle.