Diane Centoni

Hi, I’m Diane.  I am a long time Coastsider and create functional and decorative pottery and mosaics for the home and garden.  My handmade ceramics are food, oven and dishwasher safe. I create mosaics primarily with repurposed and handmade ceramic materials.  Treasure hunting for colorful and unique materials inspires my creative flow that comes with making mosaics and knowing these treasures will find new life by giving people joy.

Pottery and mosaics are grounded in nature and allow me to feel, visualize and bring in the colors, textures and movement of our coastal shore, agriculture and mountains.  Whether working in the Half Moon Bay studio I shared with my father-in-law or in our Santa Cruz Mountains barn studio, my mind flows with cherished memories of Half Moon Bay, my parents and Papa Joe, a Half Moon Bay Native who graced the Coastside with his stories, stained glass, craftsmanship, kindness, and generosity. Honoring them and our family’s love of the Coastside through art is pure joy. My love of nature and agriculture has inspired me through my life.  My prior 42-year career included teaching Agriculture, Landscape Gardening, Design and Construction, Forestry, and Park Ranger.

I am thankful for the richness of our local community and the support of the Coastside Artists, the Vault my teachers and patrons.  In addition to the Vault, I’ve had the pleasure of showing my art at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Made on the Coast, the Gathering of Women Artists, Mirada Art, and at various art shows.