Saturday, October 29, 2005

Hankin roots

"The origins of the name hankin belongs to Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures. Spelling variations include: Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others. First found in Somerset, where they were seated from very early times. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856." from a gen. web company.

I am looking for my family roots in England.

Friday, October 28, 2005


Originally uploaded by Charles Hankin.
These are samples for the workshop.

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Last saturday I taught a workshop at the US Artists show for PAFA, part of the museum education departments Family Workshop series, we made gargoyles out of air dry clay. The workshops are usually saturdays at the museum but because of the event was at the Armory it was held there. It is great fun to nurture the kids of all ages who stop by to participate. People get so excited about making things it is really positive. For an hour and a half art making is fun.

I've taught many sculpture workshops for this program over the past few years and what I enjoy the most is the affirmation that I can give.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


After weeks of dry sunny days it has rained all week. The gray has washed away the summer.