Andrew Walford hosts open day

2016-12-13 06:01
Nokwanda Khumalo with the isithebe and lidded basket that she makes with one of Andrew Walford’s “chawan” or eastern tea bowl which are send to international exhibitions worldwide and are totally unique to KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: supplied

Nokwanda Khumalo with the isithebe and lidded basket that she makes with one of Andrew Walford’s “chawan” or eastern tea bowl which are send to international exhibitions worldwide and are totally unique to KwaZulu-Natal. Photo: supplied

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AWARD winning Shongweni potter Andrew Walford, recently returned from Mungyeoung South Korea where he bagged a gold award for his pots.

These pots are made from clay he digs himself from the highlands of KZN, mixed with feldspathic sand from the Kwaximba valleys and glazed with ash from veld fires and local forests.

Walford has for many years supported local craftspeople making traditional Zulu Isithebe place mats which he takes on international trips where they are eagerly appreciated by collectors and lovers of true craftsmanship.

Nokwanda Khumalo also has spear headed a project making baskets with lids that contain the chawan or eastern style tea bowls.
In the east they are presented in wooden boxes but Walford and his wife Leanda now send these tea bowls world wide with their beautiful hand woven containers.

Nokwanda’s brother Samkele is 12 years old and is now making the most exquisite baskets. The family is growing the tsema grass from which the mats and baskets are made.

It is Walford's and Leanda’s dream that more families can stay at home and pursue their passion and skill for craft and have done everything they can to support several families including their own staff who eagerly make clay oxen and candle holders.

Walford is hosting his annual Christmas exhibition at his home in Shongweni to show off this beautiful pieces of art from Thursday December 15 to Sunday December 18 from 10am to 6pm.

- Supplied.

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