Steve Hansen says, "I grew up in the rural Midwest among decaying cars, barns and fields. My ancestors were farmers, blacksmiths and mechanics. In my work, I try and maintain a connection to my roots while also including a nuanced social commentary." He is a professor of ceramics and sculpture at Andrews University, and turned his back on a promising career as a conceptual artist in the 1990's to begin making pots. He says that lately he has focused a lot of his attention on advertising from the 1930's through the 1960's. He makes his work with a combination of wheel-throwing, hand-building and extruding. To finish it, he uses, glaze, underglaze, oxides, washes and fired-on decals. Steve Hansen's ceramics have appeared in the following magazines: Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics "Art and Perception", American Crafts and American Style.
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