John Hugo Hansen

May 1, 1952February 8, 2019

John Hansen's life ended too soon after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was born to Loretta and Wally Hansen in Green Bay, Wisconsin on May 1, 1952. He is survived by his son Erik Hansen, and his former wife, Nancy (NARA) Raisler, his sisters Marjorie Derrah, Jacklyn (Snookie) Bredeson, his many adoring nieces and nephews, and many, many friends in both Louisville, CO and Door County, Wis.

John was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, where he discovered his love of ceramics. After graduation, John and NARA moved to Louisville, their new Rocky Mountain home. But he always kept one foot in his second home in Door County, where he was a big part of the summer theater and arts scene. John's love of pottery ultimately led to his ceramics studio Mudslingers, a presence for over 2 decades in old downtown Louisville. John was known as a great story teller, adventurer, traveler, educator, and artist. He was always ready for a new challenge.

We will miss his love of life, his many musings, his stories, and his presence in our lives. We already miss you.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Monday, February 11, 2019 at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Pl., Boulder, CO. To send condolences please go to


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Stewart Dawson

February 13, 2019

John, you were quite a likeable guy. So everyone liked you. At least everyone who knew you. At least me. Thanx for being there.

Trissa Crowley

February 12, 2019

John was most definitely 'one of the good guys'.He always took the time to visit, his kindness and generosity was extended to a great many people who were lucky to have known him.RIP ,dear John.

RL Rittmaster

February 12, 2019

What can one say?
A life well-lived -
A life well-loved.

Let us all continue to feel John's humor and energy. It does make life nicer!

Terese Boeck

February 11, 2019

Dear John,
I am devastated as I know so many family and friends are at this time.
Thank you for your friendship and guidance and laughter.
I’m sure Fred and Jeff welcomed you, another good man taken from us far too soon.
Love and Light,

Patty and Howard Williamson

February 11, 2019

Dear Erik,
We've been in Door County since 1992 and have memories of your dad going back all those years. He was a lovely person, and we'll miss seeing him this summer. He was so proud of you, and we looked forward to an update on what you were doing every year. I'm glad we have one of his creations to remember him by.
May God hold you close and comfort you during this hard time.
Howard and Patty Williamson

Lisa Wissmath

February 11, 2019

This is my favorite coffee mug, made for me by your student & friend, Chris Garcia. Thank you, John! Your fun & giving spirit lives on!

Molly Garcia

February 10, 2019

John introduced my mom and me to pottery in Door County, Wisconsin, enriching both of our artistic lives immediately. He was a kind and funny teacher and an instant friend. I will never forget watching his ease of connecting with such a diverse bunch, all brought to his studio for different reasons and with different goals in mind. I was lucky to know him and to have learned from him. He is missed by all of us who got to enjoy being able to call him a friend.

Abby Robinson

February 10, 2019

John was a fabulous teacher. He had a way of teaching the necessary skills while respecting his students' goals. He helped me express myself through clay. As an artist, he truly understood the idea that an artist is someone who lives out loud, through their medium. May his memory be a blessing to his family and all who knew him.

Maria Valladarez

February 10, 2019

John always had time for everybody

Denise Sisneros'Schowe

February 10, 2019

My mom and I took classes from John even before Mudslingers came along (a LONG time ago), but his spirit made an impression on me. John was such a kind, vibrant personality and so encouraging. I know the world will be less bright without his presence.