Open day Christmas Fiesta at Andrew Walford Pottery

2015-12-01 06:00
Award winning artist Andrew Walford. Photo: supplied

Award winning artist Andrew Walford. Photo: supplied

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AWARD-winning artist Andrew Walford hails from the rolling Shongweni hills in KwaZulu-Natal where he creates incredible ceramics in the space of his studio, which is surrounded by ingenious bush.

Walford works closely with Gumede, his Zulu handyman, and draws inspiration for his decorations from the many trees and birds.

He digs his own stoneware clay and meticulously prepares it to its own high standard, setting his work apart from that of other potters. Following Japanese tradition, he sifts thick chun glazes by hand from wood to ash, gleaning colours of rich resonant tenmokus, fatty whites and shades of celadon. He then decorates the pots with specially imported Japanese brushes.

The kiln, which Walford designed, was built by the man himself and is fired about eight times a year with paraffin oil to a temperature of 1390 degrees Celsius. The firing process takes 18 hours to and three additional days for cooling.

His open day will be held in his Shongweni home on Sunday 6 December which will be a country zulu zen experience.

There will be hundreds of flame-fired pots and many Christmas specials in Bargain basement.

Walford says that this is a special place to meet friends over refreshments such as Joy's homemade cakes and Neetha's legendary breyani.

Take Shongweni exit off N3 freeway and follow signs for 8 kms to B9 in the Shongweni Valley MR551 Continuation of Kassier Road.

For more information contact, 031 7691363 or 082 794 7796.

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