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At first glance a pot made by Minnesota/Wisconsin potter Wayne Branum is pleasing. Further investigation reveals that Branum’s pots connect to interests beyond clay.

His experience building fireplaces as a stonemason seem linked to the warm and rich wood-fired surfaces. It is no surprise to learn that Branum has been a full-time architect since the mid 1980s, as his pots display a focus on utility, a high level of craftsmanship, and a strong sense of form. You don’t have to look too hard to find a “house” form and sometimes even a chimney.