Branan Mercer holds a BFA with a concentration in ceramics from Auburn University.  He graduated in 2008 and has since pursued a career as a studio potter. After school, he traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida and spent two years as an artist in residence at The Craftsman House Gallery.  Upon completion of the residency, Branan returned to his hometown of Fairhope, Alabama where he is currently the studio manager and pottery instructor at The Kiln Studio and Gallery.  His work has been exhibited across the United States.

   “A strong desire to simplify and eliminate any distractions drives my work to focus on crisp lines and a clean surface.  The pieces are meant to blend seamlessly into any environment; accentuating the food and beverage they serve, the flowers they embrace, or the shelf they inhabit.  My determination is to create well crafted, hand made vessels in which everyone can find beauty.”