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Artist: Wayne Branum

Wayne Branum
Wayne Branum, WISCONSIN
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I share a studio with Mark Pharis near Roberts, WI. Mark and I have shared an intense love of pots since beginning clay work as students in 1967 at the University of Minnesota.

My ceramic work began with and is rooted in utilitarian pottery.  The work has evolved, from Asian and American traditional pottery forms, to forms influenced by a lifelong interest in building forms and architecture. For the past 30 years or more a segment of the work has expressed elements of vernacular architecture and tries to evoke a sense of iconic shelter made by humans. I have a curiosity about our human interaction with the land and how it evolves. The most recent explorations are evolving the building forms into having figurative elements.

While I work in an exploration way to develop ideas I continue to produce
functional pots that are intended for daily use as well. There are cross-references that inform all the work.

I have also practiced architecture since 1991, and as a principal with SALA Architects, Inc. since 1996, and now as “emeritus principal” since 2014.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1966-1971, BFA 1971

University of Minnesota Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN 1971

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1971-1972


Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1971

Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1971-1972

Resident Artist, Milaca Public Schools, Milaca, MN1974-1977 NEA Grant

Instructor, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN 1978-1980

Instructor, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1980-1981

Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, CO Summer 1982

Potter, Branum Pottery, Milaca, MN 1973-1984

            MacKenzie Pottery Stillwater, MN 1984-1993
            Branum/Pharis Studio, Roberts, WI 1992-present

Casper College, Casper, WY 1981

Appalachian Center for the Crafts, Smithville, TN 1982

Kent State University, Kent, OH 1983

Montgomery Potters Guild. Montgomery County, MD 1983

The Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa 1984

Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho

“Confluence” Continental Clay Company. Minneapolis, MN 1995 NCECA

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL 1999


Minnesota Pottery: A Potter’s View, University of Minnesota Museum Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Scripps Annual Ceramic Exhibition, Lang Art Gallery, Claremont, CA

Functional Ceramics, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH

Useful Pots, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Spouting Ideas, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

American Ceramic National, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA

Macalaster Invitational ’83,Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, St Paul, MN

Woodfiring in America, Craftsmen’s Gallery, Scarsdale, NY

Surface/Function/shape, University Center Gallery, 
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, ILL

Contemporary Clay ’85, University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA

Clay National, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

The Minnesota Connection, The Craftsmen’s Gallery, Scarsdale, NY

Utility Plus, Minnesota Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 
Minneapolis, MN

Potter’s Potter’s, Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Beyond Craft: A Celebration of Creativity, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

“Warren MacKenzie Teacher: Followers In The Functional Tradition," 
University Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

The MacKenzie Legacy, Manchester Craftmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA

Functional Pottery: Two Generations, Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY, NY

New Work, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI 1994

Across The Big Muddy, Clay Artists of Wisconsin, 
The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI 1995

Wood Fired Pottery, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA 1996

National Clay Invitational, Clay/Wood/fire/salt, 
Contemporary Artifacts Gallery, Berea KY 1996

Tracing Tradition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 1997

Clay/Wood/fire/salt, Folk Art Center-SHCG, Ashville, NC 2000

Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH 2000

New Work, Raymond Avenue Gallery, St Paul, MN 2001

25 Select 25 Gallery1021: Lill Street, Chicago, IL 2001

Functional Connections, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA 2002

Mingei Legacy, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

Recent Work, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Centering: Clay and the Midwest, Freehand, Los Angeles, CA


“Raw” Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

New Work, Trax Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, CA


Gas It UP: Salt, Soda, & Slip, The Potters Guild of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD


Recent work, Andrews University, Barrien Springs, MI


Recent work, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

Group Show, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC


Yunomis, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Inspired: Students of Warren MacKenzie, Houston, TX

Double Chamber: Kilns of MN and WI, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA


American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

“Potters as Sculptors, Sculptors as potters” NECECA 09 Mesa, AZ


“8 Fluid Ounces”, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA

“American Pottery Festival 2010”, NCC Minneapolis, MN

“Bricks and Mortar: Inspired by Architecture” Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

“Studio Ceramics 2010” The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA


“ Classmates”, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

“ Rob Forbes Selects” The Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“ Pattern & Decoration”, a group Show, Tax Gallery, Berkeley, CA


“Don’t Box Me In” Signature Contemporary Craft, Atlanta, GA

Wayne Branum/Peter Presnail, Raymond Ave. gallery, St Paul, MN

Ceramic Invitational Exhibition, Bloomington Art Center for the Arts, Bloomington, MN

“MacKenzie, Cuellar, Branum”, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA

“Branum & Pharis”, Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI

“Branum & Pharis New Work”, Clayakar, Iowa City, IA
Persistence of Mingei, Weisman Art Museum, University of MN.


Studio Potter, Winter, 1975-1976

Ceramics Monthly, May, 1974, 1984

Craft Connection, 1st Qt. 1981, Sidelines

Ceramics Monthly, summer, 2002 “Functional Connections”

“See For Yourself” Rob Forbes, 2011

Ceramics Monthly, “Spotlight: Soul and History”, 2015


National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsmen Fellowship, 1978

Practicing Architect, Registered in States of MN, WI, 1991 to Present

Principal with Sala Architects, Stillwater, MN 2000 to Present

Studio partnership with Mark Pharis, Roberts, WI 1991 to Present


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