Wayne Branum studied at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and at the Rhode Island School of Design.  He notes: “My ceramic work began with and is rooted in utilitarian pottery.  The pots have evolved, from Asian and American traditional pottery forms, into forms influenced by a lifelong interest in buildings and architecture.  Most notable for me are rural agricultural vernacular buildings that evoke a sense of the Midwest and of a time past.”  Branum is also an award-winning principal with SALA Architects, specializing in domestic architecture.