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Artist: Kenyon Hansen


Artist: Kenyon Hanson
Kenyon Hansen, ARKANSAS
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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.

EDUCATION
BFA in Ceramics, Finlandia University, Hancock MI. 2005.
Study Abroad, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, England. 2003. (Concentrated study in ceramics)
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. 2000 (Concentrated study in photography)

EXPERIENCE
2013-Present
Adjunct Instructor, Finlandia University International School of Art and Design
2012
Lincoln Fellow
2011
Long Term Resident, Archie Bray Foundation
Studio Assistant, Archie Bray Foundation. Wood firing workshop with Dean Adams and Ted Adler
2007-2009
Resident Artist, Center Street, Sandwich, IL
2009
Studio Assistant, Penland School of Crafts. Concentration with Tara Wilson
2007
Studio Assistant, Penland School of Crafts. Concentration with Matt Kelleher and Shoko Teruyama
2006
Anagama firing workshop with Jack Troy
Assisted Anagama Kiln Build Workshop with Simon Levin. Waubonsee Community College
2005-2006
Apprenticeship with Simon Levin
2005
Internship, Mill Creek Pottery

EXHIBITIONS
2013
Archie Bray at NCECA, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX.
American Pottery Festival Preview Exhibit, Minneapolis, MN.
Finlandie University Faculty Exhibit, Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, MI.
Atmostpheric Interpretations, Saratoga Clay Art Center, Schuylerville, NY.
Neat, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL.
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Featured Artist, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Burnsville, NC.
2012
Made in Clay, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY.
Holiday Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.
Winterfest Holiday Exhibition, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, MD.
30x5 The Dessert Plate, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Handle with Care, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.
New Work Artist, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Sodium Sophistication, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI.
Don't Box Me In, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Pots At Rest, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
CUP Invitational, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS.
Archie Bray at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA.
Fellowship Exhibit, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.
Three Cups Vessels for Tea, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO.
Resident Summer Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT.
Porcelain Lines, The Nevica Project, Chicago, IL.
Table of Content, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
2011
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Holiday Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Past & Present Residents, The Emerson Arts Center, Bozeman, MT
Archie Bray at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA.
Interpreting The Cup, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Burnsville, NC.
2011 Artists to the Edge & Resident Artists, Archie Bray Foundation Warehouse Gallery, Helena, MT.
Commix: Form & Surface, The Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery, Bozeman, MT.
2011 NCECA Tour, Artstream Nomadic Gallery, Tampa, FL.
Archie Bray Residents and 2010 Visiting Artist (NCECA), St. Petersberg Clay Co., Tampa, FL.
Early Career American Wood Firers, The Art Shed, Tasmania, Australia.
2010
Nascent Legacy, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Strictly Functional National Pottery Show, Purchase Award, Lancaster, PA.
Hambidge Invitational Exhibit, Rabun Gap, GA.
2009
Farewell Show, Center Street Clay Gallery, Sandwich, IL.
Generations, Gallery 421, Michigan City, IN.
Kenyon and Friends from Center Street Clay, Marquette Arts and Cultural Center, Marquette, MI.
2008
Holiday Show, Center Street Clay Gallery, Sandwich, IL.
2006
Progressions, Show with Simon Levin. Finlandia University, Hancock, MI.
Wood Fired Clay, Omphale Gallery, Calumet, MI. 2006
2005
Senior Exhibition, Finlandia University, Hancock, MI.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Ceramics Monthly, Westerville, OH.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
“Hot Coffee and Tea” Ceramics Monthly Dec. 2011, Cover Article.

WORKS CITED
“The House The Bray Built” American Craft, May/June, 2011

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