Meet The Face Behind


A BRIKA maker story

Diane Phillips

"Faith, hope and relates to everything you do in life and work."
“I think people admire what I can do create with clay, and that it can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.”

“I come from a family of artists and architects, so maybe some of that skill somehow was born in me.”

“My hidden talent would be that I love to bake, everyone tells me I should open up my own bakery instead of making clay flowers.”

“I come from a family of artists and architects, so maybe some of that skill somehow was born in me.”

It’s hard to believe that each of Diane’s delicate flowers started out as a dull lump of clay — but it’s that element of transformation that makes her craft so amazing. With a successful career in full swing, it took encouragement from a friend for Diane to shift gears and turn her love of crafting into a full-blown business.

She began with handmade wedding invitations but expanded her retail repertoire to include the lifelike floral centerpieces she’d been perfecting for a number of years as a teacher at Deco Clay Craft Academy. Drawing inspiration from florists and cake artisans, Diane creates each bloom with care and precision that has brides, decorators and flower lovers stopping to smell the roses.

What are some of your favorite magazines/websites to read?
Southern Wedding Magazine and Lara inspires so many women on so many levels, through her own life experiences she is an amazing entrepreneur, mother and wife. I love food and desserts so I am on almost every day to see what recipes I may one day want to try!

Where do you go to get inspired?
The Rose Garden in San Jose. So many colors and varieties of roses inspire me to create and try new versions in clay. I would have to say too, just walking in the neighborhoods and seeing all the new flowering blossoms from season to season provides inspiration.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Certified Public Accountant, the only reason being is my best friend's dad was one and he made a lot of money. Then I took accounting and realized it wasn't for me!

Who inspires you to do the work that you do?
Fresh florists and cake artisans who make sugar flowers inspire me. So many of them follow me via social media outlets and are so encouraging and supportive. I'm amazed at what they do and yet, they feel the same way about what I do.