to DiAnna Tindell there is no joy greater than returning an object
that has been chipped, cracked or broken to its original shape and
beauty. "There's nothing to match the appreciation in the owner's
eyes when they first see it," said Tindell.
This is what lead DiAnna Tindell to open a studio
for the restoration of glass, porcelain, and ceramic items, etc.,
in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tindell inherited her interest in art from her
grandmother, Anna Sherman, born in 1906. Sherman, an accomplished
artisan in many mediums, was especially gifted in quilt design.
Tindell has trained with many well-known locally
and internationally recognized artists. She has also trained with
museums, including the National Corning Museum of Glass for "hot
and cold" glass techniques. Additionally, she has incorporated
research from areas such as dental, optical, taxidermy, and automotive.
This training, along with the experience she gained through visits
to European factories including Meissen, Dresden and R.S. Prussia
are produced, gave Tindell the confidence to open a restoration
studio with her mother, "Gi Gi" Tindell.
Since she began her business, Tindell has professionally
restored literally thousands of items for museums, galleries, antique
malls, interior decorators, and many private collectors. While the
variety of items is endless, items have been of varying pedigrees
such as Amphora, Cloisonne, Delft, Dresden, Imari, Meissen, Parian
Ware, Pickard, Straffordshire, Royal Bayreuth, R.S. Prussia, Roseville,
Nippon, Doulton, Crown Derby, Czech and Bavarian Porcelain, Majolica,
Moriage, Rosenthal, Rose Medallion, Royal Bonn, Limoges, Lladro,
Herend, Boehm, Hummel, Old Paris, Wedgwood, Vienna, Rudolstadt,
and Sevres. Tindell has also restored glass pieces, among them Lalique,
Venetian, Baccarat, Steuben, and more. In addition, she has gained
expertise in restoration of frames, oil paintings, stone/gems, precious/non-precious
metals and many other mediums too numerous to list.
"There are many talented individuals who
would love the opportunity to develop in this area of art and I
want to teach them," she explains. With the opening of new
school locations in Nashville, TN, Tindell has developed comprehensive
student handbooks and informative reference materials in both audio
"In our schools we have a wide variety of
the best supplies, tools and equipment available on the market.
Our schools are permanent facilities that continue to grow with
the Nashville community. The training is enjoyable and rewarding
with a safe, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Our training enables
an individual to start their own business or improve an existing
hobby with many flexible methods of restoration. The variety is
endless and people really appreciate the invisible restoration of
their damaged treasured heirlooms," Tindell explains.
With so much to develop and restore, Tindell
is never bored. Best of all, she appreciates her hundreds of client
and student ' Thank You ' notes with all the great referrals.
Taken in part from a 1998 article from a The
News special feature section Women Entrepreneurs entitled
"Tindell's Restoration Studios".