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HENSLEY, RICHARD
HENSLEY, RICHARD
VIRGINIA
Having been a potter now for my entire adult life has meant paying attention to a slice of human history and identity that is obviously outside the concerns of most people. I have to say that for me there was never much choice about my direction. Even as a student I was very much concerned with my own independence and determined to live and work on my own terms. Being a "Studio Potter" is not quite what it was twenty five years ago, there are more of them now and the notion of finding one's own way of working and an audience to support the work is not so unusual as back when Donna and I moved to Floyd. But the central point--being connected to the history of human fascination with clay and fire and the need for pottery as an accessory to human social life has always been a sustaining concept for me. I know also that living in a community of other clay workers is immensely encouraging and to see the energy and creativity of other people who are somehow hard-wired like I am towards the making of things out of clay always stimulates new work and fresh ideas. So, independence, community--two facets of a potter's life that seem to be the parenthesis surrounding the compelling need to make stuff out of clay. ---Richard Hensley

PERSONAL
Born - 1949
Maintained studio and workshop in Floyd, Virginia since 1974

EDUCATION
1974
Rhode Island School of Design M.F.A.
1972
Kansas City Art Institute B.F.A.

SHOWS AND INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2006
West Meets East, Rockville, MD
2004
Florence Wetherill Wilson Gallery
Sante Fe Clay, 16 Hands Group Show
2002
Amerika Topragindan – 5 Ceramic Artists – Adnan Franko Galerisi-Izmir, Turkey
Terra Incognito – one person – New Work – Oak Park, IL
Morgan Gallery – Friends and Colleagues – Victor Babu and Students – Kansas City, MO
William King Art Center – Abington, VA
1999
Art Museum of Western Virginia – Community in Clay – 4 person
1989
Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MO
La Jolla Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA
1988
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
1987
Berea College, Berea, KY
Martha Schneider Gallery
1985
Clay National, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
1984
Higher Functions, Elements Gallery, N.Y.C.
Three Attitudes in Clay, Georgia State University
Martha Schneider Gallery
1983
Craft Invitational, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art
Virginia Polytechnical Clay Invitational
Alumni Invitational, Kansas City Art Institute
Clay Invitational, DBR Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Rodell/Retrat – Classic Masters, CA
1982
American Hand, Washington D.C.
1981
Surroundings Gallery, N.Y.C.
Porcelain in America – Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute
Twelve Potters, Valencia College, FL
Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational
1979
Cameron Crafts Gallery, Chapel Hill
Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts
His/Hers, The Elements, N.Y.C
1978, 1981, 1983
Functional Ceramics, College of Wooster Museum
1978
Young Americans Clay/Glass, Museum of Contemporary Crafts
Biennial of Piedmont Crafts, Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.
1977
Tulsa University, Hogue Gallery
1976
Eight Independent Production Potters, Kansas City Art Institute
1974
Fall River National Bedford, MA

AWARDS
National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship 1986

WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
2001
Craft Alliance-St. Louis, MO
Forest Park Community College-St. Louis,MO
East Tennesee State University
1989
West Virginia University
Virginia Polytechnical University
1988
Kansas City Art Institute
Northern Virginia Potters Guild
1987
Virginia Polytechnical University
West Virginia University
1984
Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena Mont.
Penland School of Crafts, N.C.
1982
Charlotte, N.C. Potters Guild
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago
1981
Rhode Island School of Design
Wooster College Functional Ceramics Feature
1979
East Carolina State
Cranbrook Academy
1978
Drake University

TEACHING
2004-2007
Hollins University
2004 (Fall)
Jingdezhen University, China
1984-1985
Kent State University
1983 (Fall Semester)
Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts
1982
Arrowmont School of Crafts
1977 (Summer)
Rhode Island School of Design
Alfred University

COLLECTIONS
Joan Mannheimer, Iowa
R.J.Reynolds Corp. N.C.
Lannan Foundation Collection, Fla.
Kansas City Art Institute
Stouffer Corporation
Erie Museum, Erie, Pa.
Museum of SW Virinia

MEMBERSHIPS
Southern Highlands Craft Guild
16 Hands-small community of craftsman

MISCELLANEOUS
1989-1997
Hiatus from Pottery-Made wood furniture, stone walls and structures, home construction, started vineyard, and whitewater kayaking
2002
Invited Participant-International Ceramics Symposium-Izmir, Turkey