Shongweni potter’s winter expo

2015-07-21 06:00
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ANDREW Walford lives in the Shongweni hills, halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, with indigenous bush surrounding mountain studio and draws inspiration for his work from the trees and birds in the area.

He is one of a few potters who digs his own stoneware clay and prepares it to his own high standard.

Working in the Japanese tradition with thick chun glazes sifted by hand from wood ash, colours of rich resonant tenmokus, fatty whites and shades of celadon, he then decorates the pots with specially imported Japanese brushes.

The kiln, which he designed and built, is fired about eight times a year with paraffin oil to a temperature of 1380°C.

It takes 18 hours to fire and three days to cool.

He will host his winter exhibition on Sunday 26 July and invites the public to attend.

The exhibition will showcase hundreds of pots, handbasins, tiles, splash backs, tea bowls, soup mugs, jumbo and miniature porcelain bowls, vases, Japanese bottles, sculptural vases, stacking boxes, porcelain-lidded boxes, ikebana vases, platters, sushi dishes, teapots and more.

Christine, Sven and Louise will be in the bargain basement with lots of seconds up for grabs.

For more information contact, 031 769 1363 or 082 794 7796.

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