DANIELLE HAWKINS hosted a Spring Pottery Bell Workshop at Durand Union Station on Saturday, April 13. More than 30 craft lovers attended the workshop, which was held in the Depot’s first floor Amtrak station, across the hall from the Michigan Railroad History Museum. Hawkins has been sharing her love of pottery for seven years and regularly hosts workshops across mid-Michigan. Hawkins took her first pottery class at the Shiawassee Arts Center, and she is currently a student at the Flint Institute of Arts.
Hawkins began by explaining the initial steps of the Spring Pottery Bell project to her students, which included rolling, cutting and forming clay to create two bells. After showing the participants a completed Spring Pottery Bell (shown), Hawkins went around the room and helped each person individually.
In addition to the Depot, Hawkins has hosted workshops at Finding Roots in Howell, Aviator Jayne in Owosso and the Swartz Creek Art Gallery and Guild, and she also offers private classes. Hawkins will take the month of May off to expand her studio, but June workshops will be announced at a later date. More information can be found by searching for “danijohawkins” on social media.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)