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 to maintain a connection to my roots, while including a nuanced social commentary. This work is meant to look like “outsider art,” but to include “insider” references to post-modern readings, double meanings, and social criticism.
Steve Hansen is a professor at Andrews University where he teaches a variety of courses including ceramics and sculpture. His work has been included in over 75 exhibitions and has appeared in Ceramics Monthly; Ceramics: Art & Perception; American Craft; The Teapot Book; American Style; and Extruded Ceramics. His work is in the permanent collection of the Fuller Craft Museum; the Midwest Museum of American Art; the American Museum of Ceramic Art; The Kamm Teapot Collection; and The University of Iowa. Since 1999, Steve has concentrated his efforts primarily on creating work in the tradition of trompe l’oeil ceramics with an emphasis on social commentary and Americana.