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Wayne Potratz

Minneapolis, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Wayne Potratz

Wayne Potratz is an artist, sculptor, and Professor Emeritus of the Art Department at the University of Minnesota. His work in cast bronze, cast iron, Tama-hagane steel, and Wootz steel has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in 30 one-person exhibitions and more than 340 group exhibitions. A life-long creative research investigation and practice of ancient and ethnic metal casting technologies, (including Meso-American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Western African methodologies) led him to Japan in 1999, where he studied the Tatara, a method of smelting iron ore into high carbon steel.  Since that time he has been making steel from Minnesota magnetite iron ore using both traditional and hybrid methods.

Current Courses Offered by Wayne Potratz

4 Days
Teaser image for Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology

Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology

We’re no stranger to taking materials back to the source: woodworking courses regularly head out to harvest birch; basket makers can be spotted in local ditches cutting willow, sweetgrass and cattail; and we even have the occasional sheep on campus for the fiber folk. But taking metalwork straight to the…
Mon, Sep 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Sep 19th, 2019
Instructor: Wayne Potratz