Daria Claiborne | Joplin MO

Daria Claiborne has always been drawn to the arts. She attended art classes in the summertime from a young age, and then watched her mother paint “everything that wasn’t moving”. Finally after her own girls were grown, she discovered clay!

Starting under the direction of Helen Ryan at the Emporium on the square in Carthage and progressing from there to a complete studio in her home.

Daria has been working with clay, and now porcelain, for almost 20 years, enjoying every minute of it. “There’s such a wonderful feeling when a piece that starts as a mere lump of clay comes out of the final firing. It’s almost an addiction. You work through the long drawn out process – throwing, trimming, the bisque firing, glazing and finally the glaze firing – you open the kiln and see the vision you had come to fruition. And during that process, you are starting all over to create something better maybe with a different technique or a different combination of glazes. There is no end to the wonderful things that a potter can create with clay!”

Most recently, Daria has been working with the Mishima technique which involves carving then adding a colorant to the lines. “My Mishima is used with under glazes and a clear glaze that purposefully causes the under glazes to run creating a water color effect which I adore!”

Daria has attended many workshops and several NCECA conferences throughout the US. She has had submissions accepted in the Potter’s Council Calendars, as well as, having work accepted in the International Cone Box show. For several years, her work was sold at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City, MO.

Locally, she has had participated in solo and group shows, winning awards at both Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin ,Art Central in Carthage and Parsons Art Walk. Daria is an active member at Spiva Center for the Arts, Accountant (since 2011) for Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Treasurer for Midwest Clay Arts and Accountant for ArtForms LLC in Pittsburg, KS.