Kenyon Hansen makes soda- and wood-fired utilitarian ceramics. He currently teaches at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. Kenyon grew up in the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 2001, he studied abroad at Staffordshire University in Stoke of Trent, England and in 2002 received his BFA from Finlandia University International School of Art and Design in Hancock, Michigan. Since graduating Kenyon has worked with several artist’s, as an apprentice, resident artist, and studio assistant at the Penland School of Crafts and as a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana.
"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."