There is a new pottery studio in Dollar Bay run by Kenyon Hansen and Lindsey Heiden. Their first Fall Studio Sale will be Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 10am to 5pm at 23391 Dogwood Ave. held in Dollar Bay. Look for signs on the way to Quincy’s and on Dogwood.
Kenyon received his BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) in ceramics from Finlandia University, and Linsdey received her BFA from Western Illinois University and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Arkansas. They met at an art residency program on Center Street Clay in Sandwich, Illinois. After internships in North Carolina and Montana, they were offered the opportunity to teach at Finlandia and were happy to call Copper Country their home. In 2013, Kenyon was selected as an emerging artist by the national ceramics magazine Ceramics Monthly and has led workshops in ceramics studios across the country. The couple currently teaches fine arts at Michigan Tech and Finlandia, in addition to running a home studio.
“It was always the goal to have a home studio,” said Kenyon. “Being able to just walk across the street to check things like: B. Parts that dry.”. One of the nicest things about the home studio is the kiln in which soda fires are performed. This is a special technique in which sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is sprayed onto the ceramic when it is red hot, resulting in cool surface variations in color and texture. The stove was designed by a professional Illinois stove maker from whom Kenyon apprenticed and built by a small community of artists.
Most of her pottery sales have been online and by invitation through galleries nationwide. “This sale will be our first home sale. It’s something we’ve been thinking about for a number of years. We will set up 5 or 6 tables with pots outside of our studio. Most of the work in this sale will be purely functional. Kenyon will have teapots and jugs as well as crockery. Lindsey will have vases and crockery. Her son, who just started kindergarten, will offer jewelry for sale. They’re calling it their fall sale because there’s a reasonable chance they’ll have another sale in the spring. They may wish to invite other artists to also exhibit work at these auctions.
There will be snacks and drinks and a bonfire with seating at picnic tables and chairs for people to stay and socialize for a while. You can accept any type of payment; Cash, checks, credit and debit cards. All of this will take place outside weather permitting, but the studio will also be open to visitors where they can see unfinished pieces and some of Lindsey’s sculptural pieces.
experimenting with new designs; With brand new glazes and finishes, Kenyon has developed a whole new line of ceramics. “My Recent Works” he told me, “was influenced by the images of the night sky, how one looks at stars and thinks about the cosmos.”
Lindsey’s sculptural work focuses on animal storytelling, and the vases at auction will also feature many of these elements. They are very intricate and carved with messages that inspire people to use their imaginations.
Lindsey currently has a show with Linda King Ferguson, the UP Focus, at the DeVos Museum on the Northern Michigan University campus through early November. Kenyon had one at the Schaller Gallery in Baroda, Michigan just south of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor a few months ago. Kenyon and Lindsey were also invited to take part in the recent Pottery Tour just north of Minneapolis. Some of their work is available at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, but we’re really lucky to be able to buy these items directly from the Dollar Bay studio and chat about art with these ceramists. You can learn more about Kenyon and his work at https://www.kenyonmhansen.com/about.
Aside from the Fall Studio Sale, there are a few other excellent shows to check out. Joyce Koskenmaki has a show “Forest Spirits” in the gallery on 5. Opening on October 7 from 5pm to 8pm. At this exhibition, you can see their large collection of handmade guardian spirit sculptures interspersed with forest paintings and drawings. Joyce was one of Kenyon’s teachers at Finlandia when he was a student and they remain friends.
at “The Well-Read Raccoon Books and Curiosities” Lynn Mazzoleni’s exhibition will be on view in Houghton until October 10th. Lynn is a chemistry professor at Michigan Tech who delights with vibrant paintings, some of which are abstract in nature, and many female portraits aimed at inspiring women and girls to embrace their power.
Nate Bett, a nationally renowned photographer who recently settled in Copper Country with his family, owns a large photography collection at KC Bonkers in Hancock. He is known locally for teaching night photography classes offered by the Copper Country Community Art Center in Hancock. He also teaches workshops at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and photography at NMU.
“Arabesque” is a wonderful show at the Rosza Gallery on the Michigan Tech campus. It is an exhibition of themed charcoal sketches by Clement Yeh and sculptures by Tomas Co “Movement”. The American Ballet Theater Studio Company will be at the Rosza on October 27th at 7:30pm for a show and there will be a reception for it “Arabesque” on Friday, October 28 from 5-7. The show runs through Friday November 4th.
Finally, we must acknowledge the death of Max Seel, professor emeritus in the physics department, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University, who died on September 14. He was also a mixed media artist, even incorporating computer components into fantastic large-scale works. Christa Walck, a close friend who once shared an exhibition with Seel, told me “Max was my boss for six years and he was always considerate, kind, honest and fair. He was an artist and musician as well as a scientist. A renaissance man. I have had the privilege of working with him and his early death is a great loss to the community and his family. Max once told me that Keweenaw was the best place he had ever lived and that he would never leave.”