Wayne Ferguson has been creating unique works in clay for over 30 years. A Kentucky native, Wayne is mostly self-taught in clay. While he has attended workshops throughout the region he works mainly as a studio potter creating one-of-a-kind works. He sometimes comes together with other clay artisans to fire his work collaboratively in wood kilns.
Wayne’s work is created entirely by hand, using pinched forms, slabs of clay, extrusions of clay, and techniques that are purely sculptural, modeling the clay by hand. His pieces are a reflection on his love of the natural world, and animals and also are often social commentaries about the folly of man. His work in clay is often laced with satire and humor and his sculptures often make fun of society.
Wayne has been a roster artist with the Kentucky Arts Council for over 20 years, and he has taught at numerous public schools throughout Kentucky. He is especially great at working with challenged children – bringing out the best in them and teaching them to be successful. Wayne was awarded the Rude Osolnik Award by the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program in 2006 and has been awarded the Early Times Scholarship as well. His work is published in Ceramics Monthly Magazine as well as other magazines and books.
Wayne’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.