Diane Hulse handcrafted art jewelry: Earthy, Sophisticated, Evocative

A life-long artist, naturalist, and teacher, Diane Hulse creates jewelry that expands traditional forms of adornment.  Diane’s pieces are one-of-a kind, wearable art, infused with layers of meaning that invite conversation. Like all art, beneath the immediately visible surface lie subtle metaphors and references that invite the viewer, and the wearer, to engage in deeper contemplation of beauty and nature.

Hulse is deeply inspired by women who challenge expectations.  She wants her jewelry to help women dress as non-traditionally as they choose and to get many years of pleasure from her creations.

Diane often creates work in series, which thematically link her pieces.   Each piece in the “Spirit of Gaia” series honors the earth, whose mother’s name in Greek mythology was Gaia.  The “Secrets in Silver” series includes pieces that suggest visually some of the ways that secrets are kept.  The “Sticks and Stones” series symbolizes the childhood rhyme of that name through pieces that combine both precious and humble materials.  The work in the “Above the Color Plain” series is inspired by aerial photography, and the “Colorful Stories” series incorporates whimsical and metaphorical narratives into jewelry designs.



Diane received a BA in fine arts from Beloit College and an MA in art education from New York University, where she first explored jewelry design. Diane has studied under Nicole Jacquard and Anne Fiala at the Penland School of Crafts, and at the Art Students’ League, Greenwich House Pottery, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She has been taught by the distinguished jeweler Bianca Lopez and is a current member of the Bianca Lopez Studio of Jewelry Art and Design.  Diane holds memberships in SNAG, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, where she is Membership Renewal Coordinator, and MJSA, the Manufacturing and Jewelry Suppliers Association. Diane lives in New York City and maintains a studio in Southold, on the bucolic North Fork of Long Island.

Diane’s work has been exhibited at Beloit College, the Art Students’ League, the Pastel Society of America, Staten Island Academy, the Staten Island Museum, The Bianca Lopez Studio of Jewelry Art and Design, the Oratorio di San Rocco in Padua, Italy, Deka Jewelry and Christopher 19 in Greenwich Village, and numerous galleries on the East End of Long Island. Her work is held in private collections around the country.

During a career in education that spanned four decades, Diane taught painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, and art appreciation at three distinguished private schools in New York City.  A semi-retired education leader, Diane is an expert in leadership development and is renowned in independent school education. She has an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as an organizational consultant and executive coach. Her company, Hulse Leadership Development, facilitates strategic plans and consults schools, non-profit organizations, Boards of Trustees, and educational leaders in New York and New Jersey. Diane believes that there is a powerful connection between leadership and art.  Both are creative acts, and both require divergent thinking and visionary skills.