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''I was born with clay in my blood,' states Diehl matter-of-factly. His great-grandfather worked as a potter in Germany and his grandfather had a studio in New Jersey. Diehl remembers playing with his grandfather's discarded pot shards as a child. His formal ceramic education began at Berea College in Kentucky. He studied in the college's ceramic apprenticeship program for five years and apprenticed for a year in Germany, near where his great-grandfather lived. 'Pottery is still exciting for me. It's never like a job,' muses Diehl, as he surveys a shelf stacked with beautiful vases, platters, bowls, and fountains. Diehl has built a successful studio, a loving family, and a legacy as one of West Virginia's best-known potters.
A new technique that Jeff has created called Acoustic Pottery™ has become extremely popular with his clients. The technique involves a similar approach to that of Masura Emoto's Water Crystal Photography. Jeff uses zinc silicate crystals in the glazing process and plays music in the kiln room during the whole of the firing. The results are incredible crystal patterns that adhere in form to vibrations created by the music. From Mozart to Michael Jackson, Jeff has experimented with just about every style of music you can imagine. Customers have sent him specific requests for Acoustic Pottery made with a song of their choosing – from the first dance at a wedding, a song to commemorate the birth of a child, or a song that keeps the memory of a dear friend alive.