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"As a clay artist, my work explores in vessel forms the relationship between landscape and the body. My inspiration comes from the landscape and dance. How weather, water, wind and time transform rocks, trees, sand and clay fascinates me. The intensity of a Colorado sunset, the fragility of a cactus blossom, the daily plays of lights and shadows quietly and constantly influence and amaze me. The intention is not to imitate nature or movement but to express the elemental power, the mystery, the delicacy of the landscape and dance through forms in clay. I seek to translate my inner response; my sensations, feelings and thoughts to the volume, skin and form of my sculptural vessels. The Latin word "spirare," to breathe, is the source of the word spiritual.
In this sense, my work is a humble search for the spiritual. "
Vicky Hansen received her MFA in 1993 from Kansas State where she studied with Angelo Garzio. Before graduate school, she was a fulltime wood firing potter at her adobe home and studio in southern Colorado. She currently teaches ceramics at Colorado State University- Pueblo.