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Bruce Gholson in his studioKenyon Hansen

Fossil Fish Pitcher by Bruce GholsonFossil Fish Teapot by Bruce Gholson

Short Biography

Kenyon Hansen is a full-time studio potter from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has been an artist–in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was awarded the Lincoln Fellowship, as well as Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. In 2013 he was selected as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly. Kenyon has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. His functional ceramics can be found in galleries throughout the country and in friend’s homes.  Kenyon is currently a visiting artist and ceramics instructor at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan.


Artist's Statement

I believe that finely crafted, thoughtfully made pottery can contribute to a renaissance of tradition and habit. My hope is that the pots I make can play a role and be a factor in a renewal of ritual. Clay allows me to play with a physical language. When I throw or hand build, I’m engaged in the conversation, curiosity often pushes the dialog, while the desire to find something new guides me forward. I strive to create pottery that is both considered and balanced containing a healthy dose of spirit and care.

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Kenyon Hansen Resume (click to open)

2016 (June) Considered and Balanced, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
2016 Current Work, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL
2014 Intersect, Jane Hartsook Gallery New York. NY
2014 New Works, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2016 15th Anniversary Tour Artstream Nomadic Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2016 Generations: A Legacy of Mentorship, Bredin‐Lee Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2016 Planes, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2015 Contemporary Ceramics, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, IO
2015 Pursuit of Craft, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
2015 American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Let there be Light, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago IL
2015 13 Makers. Four Forms. Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph MI
2015 Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2015 Sodium, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph MI.

2016 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
2016 Morean Center for Clay, St. Peterspurg FL
2015 University of Alaska, Fairbanks AK
2015 University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
2015 Bay De Noc Community College, Iron Mt. MI
2015 Santa Barbra Community College, Santa Barbra, CA
2014 Collin College, Dallas, TX
2014 Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
2014 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, MA

2014 Artist‐Invite‐Artist Two‐week Residency, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
2011‐12 Long‐term Artist in Residence and Lincoln Fellow, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
2009‐2010 Long‐term Artist in Residence, Center Street Clay, Sandwich, IL

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
Ceramics Monthly, Westerville, OH