114 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
Diana Eldreth Chute
Diana Eldreth Chute joined her family’s pottery business, Eldreth Pottery, in 2006 after leaving a graduate school program in developmental psychology at the University of Maryland. When she joined Eldreth Pottery it was important for her to find her own niche within the company. In 2009, during a trip to South Africa, she came across a line of primitive pendants made entirely of clay. Because she did not have a formal background in art, her father, David Eldreth, helped her create a line of clay pendants. Despite the fact these pendants were extremely primitive, they were popular. At that point Diana knew she wanted to expand the scope of the jewelry by incorporating metal with the clay. It was at this time the Eldreth Designs jewelry line was created. Diana began taking metalsmithing classes at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her father helped her create her own style. Most of the genres Diana enjoys have a natural theme and her inspiration stems from various styles including the Arts and Crafts Movement, Impressionism and American Modernism. Once a style was created, the goal became to develop a production line they could showcase at trade shows.
Although Diana had a vision for the line, she had a minimal level of metalsmithing background and needed help. In 2010 a local metalsmith, Alesia Mills, was hired to help expedite the process of creating a line for trade shows. Diana and David met Alesia when she happened to stop by the Eldreth Pottery showroom to see the Eldreth Designs jewelry. Alesia, a graduate of Tyler School of Art, with over 20 years of experience, was a great fit. She and Diana worked well together and by the beginning of 2011, Eldreth Designs had a production line. These pieces can be found in various museum stores including the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Falling Water, the Princeton University Art Museum, etc. In addition to creating production pieces, Eldreth Designs also creates a variety of one of a kind pieces which showcases the scope of the work.