As a child, seven year old Wayne Ferguson and his brother, Lemuel, played with modeling clay their mother, Lillian, made from salt, flour and blue food coloring. Wayne has been creating clay objects since and has been a teacher and exhibiting artist for fifty years. He has mentored many clay artists and has been an artist in residence throughout Kentucky from Benton to Harlan. Wayne is represented in many collections, most notably the Reverend Al Shands Collection and the Kamm Teapot Collection. He has also worked on several archaeological projects in the Tucson Basin and the Chiricahua Mountains. He has visited the potters of Mata Ortiz Mexico on two occasions as early as 1978. Building and firing Japanese style anagama kilns has been a personal journey since 1974. Wayne will have an exhibit of his most recent work at the George Ohr- O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi Mississippi in March 2018.
About his current work, he says "I'm creating the Gaza, ISIS, Trump and environmental pieces in drawings on paper as an immediate response to current events. I then try to condense the messages into a three dimensional clay piece or a series of clay pieces. Having worked on archaeological digs I know the ceramic objects, even fragments of ceramic objects will last for thousands of years. Much like the Maya, Inca and Aztec cultures created effigy pots with cultural content of their time, I create objects with the cultural content of our time. They made pots depicting beheadings of captives just as I make objects depicting the same images that might be seen in the media. Some clay artists create work most appreciated by other clay artists. I prefer to create work for a wider audience who may or may not appreciate the objects for my ceramic technique or hand skills. The craft market place is not on my mind when these pieces are created. I have a vision that culminates in clay. Simple as that."