Marlies Diels was born in Berlin Germany and currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her undergraduate degree in sculpture, pottery and art history at the Academy of West Berlin, and her master in pottery and sculpture at the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She moved to Albuquerque in 1991 where she established her pottery studio. She has exhibited extensively in Europe and the American Southwest and has taught classes in pottery, drawing, art history and other topics most of her life.
My grandmother was a glass artist. My grandfather an oil and watercolor painter. I learned about glass and painting at a very young age. I chose to work with clay. I love everything about this material. The uncertainty of the outcome of the pieces after the firings; the influence of the chemical reactions in the firings, the colors, the textures, the shapes. It is every time as exciting as the first time. The teaching is a very important part of my work. I try to share all the excitement with the great group of students that I have the privilege to have. students. I keep sharing the excitement of learning with them every day.