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“Research with fire is the play that enables me to master the transformation of materials: the transmutation of space into form and form into space. In molds I make elegant holes and then fill them with liquid metal. By the fire, both the art and the artist are refined, tempered, and transformed.”
– Wayne Potratz
Wayne Potratz is a master of molten metal. He has cast iron and bronze for over fifty years in a tradition that combines magic, ritual, practice, performance, and art. Canoeing and fishing in the wilderness, Native American culture, Asian culture and the history of spiritual practice inspire his work. Travel in Asia and a life long study of Native American culture have shown him that material and artist are spiritually connected in a harmony of artistic and conceptual content.
Wayne Potratz is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota where he taught for more than forty years and was Chair of the Art Department for more than a decade. He Co-founded the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Work. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and Potratz sculptures are held in over 275 private collections, corporations and museums including the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN and John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI.