Turtlewain 1 and 2, 2013. Cast iron, cast bronze, stone, wood, fish skin, Wootz steel, plant material, graphite, and enamel. 24 x 30 x 48 in.

You Are What You Make: A Conversation with Wayne Potratz

The recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s 2013 Outstanding Educator Award, Wayne Potratz will have taught at the University of Minnesota for 45 years when he retires in 2014. A metal caster, he was the first artist on the U of M faculty to be named Professor and Scholar of the College. Over the decades, he has taught Basic Sculpture, Metal Casting of Sculpture, Modeling and Mold-making of Sculpture, Sculpture Seminar, Freshman Seminar, Professional Practices, as well as numerous graduate tutorials, while serving as a role model and mentor to hundreds of burgeoning artists. A St. Paul native, Potratz graduated from Central High School and went on to receive a BS in art and education from Macalester College in 1964 and an MA in sculpture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966.…see the entire article in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.