Candice Hensley Contact Info
Candice Hensley Artist Statement
The simple act of making and exploring takes me to a place where my mind is silenced and my hands begin to play. I love living life in the grand happiness that occurs when the heart, mind, and hands are at play together, functioning in unison, to create art.
Candice Hensley Artist Bio
Candice Hensley grew up in a rural town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Stanford, Kentucky. Her mother was a teacher, and her father a welder. It wasn’t until attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky that she discovered a love for making ceramic pots. After earning a B.A. in studio art, Candice spent a summer working and learning at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. That lead to a job working in production pottery for three years at Pigeon River Pottery in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Candice moved to Asheville in 2010 to start her own studio practice. Starting in her garage, she worked her way up to now being a member of South Side Studios with her very own gas kiln.
The name of her business, “Mark’s In Clay”, has confused some with the use of an apostrophe, making the “mark” possessive. This is not a typo, it is quite intentional. Mark making is something she imparts on the surface of her pottery, and also her father’s name was Mark. After his passing in 2005, Candice realized that her passion was in using her hands to make pots, similar to her father working with his hands to weld. All of her pots have some part of her father in them, so in a sense, Mark is in the clay.