Getting to know Andrew Walford

2017-07-25 06:00
Photo: SuppliedThe famous potter Andrew Walford.

Photo: SuppliedThe famous potter Andrew Walford.

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ANDREW Walford has been working in his mountain-top studio overlooking Shongweni Dam and game reserve for nearly 40 years.
He works in the Japanese tradition inspired by the spectacular indigenous bush surrounding his home and workshop. He follows an inner somewhat Eastern philosophy and is never separate from the trees, birds and all-pervading Zulu culture. Hillcrest Fever journalist had a one-on-one with the famous potter to find out more about his artistic nature.

KN: How did you get into art?

AW:  As a child I was always surrounded by art and good handmade craft. My mother was a painter and my father an interior decorator and craftsman.  I battled at school being dyslexic and in the fifties, one was considered “stupid”, so at 10, I went along to Saturday morning art classes at the Durban Technikon. I left school after standard 7 as I was asked to, and went to art school. I started my own pottery studio when I was 16, in Sycamore Road off Umbilo Road.

KN: What’s integral to the work of an artist?”

AW: Talent and persistence, never giving up on one’s dream.

KN: What art do you most identify with?

AW: Japanese art, brushstrokes on ceramic and the inspiration of Japan’s National Living Treasure Shoji Hamada, who I visited in the sixties.

KN: What work do you most enjoying doing?

AW: Throwing brushwork and colour.

 KN: What themes do you pursue?

AW: Textures and colours from nature.

KN: What food, drink and songs inspire you?

AW: Green tea in Japanese a tea bowl or Chawan, Italian food and healthy salads as well as classical music, especially violin, blues and Oriental music.

KN: When is your next showcase and what can people look forward to?

AW:  August 9 on Women’s Day. I will have an open studio. We will serve our legendary breyani, biscotti, home-made lemon juice, teas and coffee.

There will be exceptional world-class ceramics on display.
For more information, visit www.andrewwal



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