Diana Dugina has been creating glass beads and incorporating them into jewelry designs since 1998. Her inspiration evolves from patterns found in the natural world of flora and fauna. What fascinates her most about glass is its ability to change appearance from being translucent, reflective and polished to densely pigmented, rough and earthen worn: a dichotomy, she feels, that reflects upon the many aspects of herself and her life.
Studying sculpture, color theory and design at the Ivy School of Art and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from La Roche College.
The 3 Rivers Glass Beadmakers a chapter of the ISGB was initiated by Diana, and she served on the board of directors of the ISGB VP of Marketing and Communications She was responsible for the organization's marketing endeavors, publication, "The Glass Bead" and their catalogs.
Diana’s art glass beads appeared in Jim Kervin’s, “More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Glass Beadmaking,” and Lark Books’1000 Glass Beads. In 2006 her work was juried into the ISGB’s Metamorphosis exhibit at the Heinz History Center.
As a juried member of the Pittsburgh Craftsmen's Guild, Diana exhibits her work each year at the Guild’s Fair In The Park in Mellon Park.