Diane Hawkey has been an artist all her life. In grade school, she was scolded by the nuns for dedicating her time to artistic endeavors instead of the assigned work. Not being the sort of person that follows advice from nuns, she continued on her creative journey and has spent most of her life as a professional artist.
Her work is both whimsical and mysterious, inspired by dreams and nature. Over the years she has explored many materials and mediums including fiber and glass, metal work and clay. Working primarily in ceramics, she continues to explore new techniques and ideas, incorporating beads into her mixed media sculptures which range in size from a few inches to several feet in size.
Diane's distinctive ceramic beads have been used by designers all over the world and have inspired the work and creativity of people of all skill levels. Her work has been shown across the country in art fairs and galleries, including solo exhibitions. Her designs have been published by Lark Books and she has been featured in national publications.
She has taught classes in jewelry making, art journaling, and the creative process, and has also appeared on the television show, Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Diane's classes stress the joy of creating and discovery along with technique.
Most days she can be found in her Detroit studio with her Boston Terrier studio assistant by her side protecting her from squirrels.