Shongweni potter hosts Christmas open day

2017-12-12 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedAndrew Walford, Shongweni’s famous potter.

PHOTO: suppliedAndrew Walford, Shongweni’s famous potter.

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SHONGWENI potter Andrew Walford is having his annual Christmas open day on Sunday December 10 from 10am until 6pm at his mountain-top studio in Shongweni.

Hillcrest Fever editor, Kalisha Naicker, chatted to the him.

KN: Why did you get into pottery and what does it symbolise?

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 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 art do you identify with and what can one expect at your exhibitions?

AW: You will have a real country Zulu Zen experience. One can admire more than 100 flame-fired pots, Ikebana, listen to music and visit the bargain basement for pots that did not quite make it to the main studio. All pots are inspired by Japanese art.

KN: What work do you most enjoy doing?

AW: Throwing brushwork and colour.

KN: What themes do you pursue?

AW: Textures and colours from nature.

KN: When is your next showcase and what can people expect?

AW: Sunday December 10 from 10am until 6pm I will have an open studio. It is a special place to meet friends over refreshments and Neetha’s legendary breyani will be on sale, together with Christmas mince pies, biscotti, and home-made lemon juice.

For more information, contact Leanda on 082 794 7796 or visit his website


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