‘Hot pots’ this Easter weekend

2018-04-03 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedAndrew Walford, the Zulu Zen potter.

PHOTO: suppliedAndrew Walford, the Zulu Zen potter.

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“IF you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” — This is the motto of Upper Highway potter Andrew Walford, who gets up every morning loving his job of creating art from pottery.

The potter said he’s been making pots professionally for 60 years. “I made my first pot at Durban Technical College when I was 10 years old.”

He said he is driven by his love and passion for making things and working with clay. “There are lots of different aspects to making the piece, such as using electric, gas, oil or wood-fired kilns,” said Walford.

He said that in order to see if you are really into pottery, you can start by going to a school that offers pottery courses and if you feel that is not enough then you can take up private pottery lessons. “If you decide that you like it, then you can go to an art college where they have pottery courses, and you can also serve an apprenticeship with a potter,” said Walford.

Walford said he’s emphasising this because young artists don’t have a real desire to do pottery, they just do it for fame. “They must first have a goal in terms of what they want to achieve, and not expect fame immediately,” he said.

The potter said that in his upcoming exhibition, he’s going to be showcasing his latest work called Jumbo tiles, which are made with paper clay. “I am the first potter in the world to make them in this manner,” said Walford.

To see his work, visit Walford’s next exhibition, which is from March 30 to April 2, from 10 am to 5 pm, at his studio in Shongweni.

Phone 082 794 7796 for more or go to www.andrewwalfordpottery.com

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