Russell Wrankle currently resides in Cedar City, Utah, near Southern Utah University, where he is the 3D Design Fundamentals/Sculpture Professor. He is currently Director at Large for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art (a 3-year appointment). A distinguished maker and teacher, Wrankle has instructed, lectured, and presented at such venues as Arrowmont Craft Center, as part of their Pentaculum working artist invitational in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; at the Fire symposium and panel discussion at Kansas University in Lawrence; and the Emerging Artist exhibition at the 2004 NCECA in Indianapolis, Indiana, among others. He has exhibited work across the US in states such as Utah, Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
Memory, experience, the formal qualities of an object—these all fuel and inspire Wrankle’s making. He observes, “I sculpt gravity and within this gravitational framework I fold fetish, animals, membrane, eroticism, and sex into the subject matter. I begin with a formal concern; that is, can I reproduce an existing object out of clay?”