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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 explorative 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 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. Mark is also a participant in this tour at another location.

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

Wayne Branum
449 Valleyview Rd
Roberts, WI 54023

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