Kenyon Hansen makes soda and wood fired utilitarian ceramics in Helena Montana, where he is currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. In 2012, he was awarded the Lincoln Fellowship to continue his work as a resident. Kenyon received his BFA from Finlandia University International School of Art and Design in 2002. Upon graduating he continued his studies as an apprentice to Simon Levin, as well as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts. Kenyon’s exhibited nationally, and his pottery as can be found in galleries throughout the country.
“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 am 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.“