Hensley has lived in Floyd, Virginia with his wife, Donna Polseno, where they have worked as studio artists for over 30 years. He received an individual NEA artist grant in 1987 and has been widely known for his highly decorated porcelain ceramics. He has taught and led workshops all over America and was an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Locally, he and Polseno are among the founding members of the 16 Hands craft group. He was an invited participant to the International Clay Symposium in Izmir, Turkey in 2002 and most recently was a visiting artist in Jingdezhen, China at the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramic Art.
- M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
- B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute