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Artist: Wayne Branum


Artist: 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.


ACADEMIC TRAINING
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


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE-CERAMICS

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


CERAMICS WORKSHOPS
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



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
1981-2003

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


2004

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

New Work, Trax Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, CA


2005

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

2006

Recent work, Andrews University, Barrien Springs, MI

2007

Recent work, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

Group Show, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC


2008

Yunomis, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

Inspired: Students of Warren MacKenzie, Houston, TX


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


2009

American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

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


2010

“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


2011

“ 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


2012

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

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


2014 
Ceramic Invitational Exhibition, Bloomington Art Center for the Arts, Bloomington, MN

2015
“MacKenzie, Cuellar, Branum”, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA

PUBLICATIONS

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


AWARDS/OTHER

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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