Sunday, 2 October 2016

throwing a narrow neck vessel...

Here's a short video. In the studio today making narrow neck forms, raku pots for open day raku demo. Sunday 16 October at the Jam, Seppeltsfield, Barossa. I'm demoing at 1.30pm time slot and the days activities start at 11am til 4pm. Hope to see you there...

Thursday, 4 August 2016

the other state...

A few days away in another much warmer state, what could be better! I started searching for galleries before heading up to the the coast of Queensland just to catch up with what exhibitions were currently on...

 One impressive location is The Arts Centre Gold Coast,  Currently showing a mixed media exhibition, Shifting Sands-South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp exhibition.

A good variety of social and arts activities including the upcoming Ceramics Arts Award.
30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award is coming up 27 August - 23 October 2016 with Australian and International Artists.

We took off very early saturday morning for the Gold Coast, stayed at Broadbeach which had one of the loveliest views of a location that I've stayed at. Pepper Apartments have coastal views with only one drawback being the smoker next door!! so brekky on the balcony was out of the question!! It was so nice to be warm again!! Long treks on the beach pre-brekky were great, I still cant believe we hiked that much but my legs can :P so more about this award...


'We are pleased to announce the 30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award finalists have been decided with a shortlist of 52 artists from Australia, UK, Germany, South Korea, Germany and NZ.'  

Background of the Awards

The Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award is a biennial award for ceramic artists from around the world. The inaugural Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award held in 1982 was developed to encourage the creation and appreciation of art in clay. Initially it was held in the Gold Coast City Council Foyer at Evandale,  prior to the building of Gold Coast City Gallery.
Ruth Lyons, then Chairman of the newly formed Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award Committee, was the driving force behind the establishment of this award along with the support of The Gold Coast Potters Association and The Gold Coast Society of Sculptors. A succession of dedicated ceramic committee volunteers, potters, sculptors, sponsors and gallery staff members have ensured the longevity and ultimate success of one of Australia's longest running ceramic awards.
Image credits: Eloise Rankine, Grow with me, 2016, porcelain, Courtesy of the artist and Utopia Art Sydney/ Stephen Bird,  Men from Korea 2015, c lay, slip, pigment and glaze. Courtesy of the artist/ Irianna  Kanellopoulou, Busy Blue 2015, ceramic, glazes, multifired Courtesy of the artist/ Lynda Draper, Green Eyes Pink Kisses, 2015, Earthenware, various glazes, Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday am we headed off to Brisbane to Stephanie's Makers Gallery visiting the new Gallery by Stephanie Outridge Field, which is in a stunning street, tree lined and great wide curbs since I was being super careful with the hire car! We stopped in and saw the crossover of the Cuppa Survey Show and the next focus show of Woodfirer and Raw glazer - John James exhibition. Then off to lunch to a local Italian bakery pre dropping sis off in Brisbane then to the airport home. I tried my best to avoid toll roads but without my navigator beside me I found myself in a one way tunnel to the airport, then trying to find a servo to top up before taking the car back! 

Anyhoo round and round until finding the servo exit and nice surprise only using $23 of fuel for the whole trip! Might have to rethink driving my car into the ground!? False economy with the newer cars being so efficient ;)
Anyhoo, back home and cold again but enjoyed the trip immensely, combining a great family and arts combo long weekend! Enjoy the travel log....

Saturday, 23 July 2016

South Australian Living Artists month...

SALA Festival 2016 Program has been launched.

SALA comes around once a year and is the biggest exhibition event in Adelaide.

This year I'm participating in a group show at Terrace for the 5th time. They are a very supportive crew and such a great open space which is usually their showroom sets up for the exhibition. 

And the imagery this year is still based on the 'Tale of Little Fat Bird'. Heavily influenced by the seasons, including deserts and blizzards! not that we have blizzards just thunderous storms and bucket loads of rain and hail this year... and so while I'm processing the tale and working on the surfaces, you know what ensues!! I started work on this years exhibition with the workflow of last years pieces fully formed in my headspace and so it was a lot easier to get the visual process happening. The flower boxes all relate to each other in ratio of the form.  The size all measure the same as do the bases, some are vertical, some horizontal but mostly square format. 

I fire the first firing over 22 hours and nice and slow allowing all the moisture to move slowly out of the work. Only 2 cracks out of 12 pieces which is acceptable considering the pace of the work & some very soggy weather conditions. The glaze firing was long too, 20 hours, not totally economically desirable but results in great heatwork that shows in the clay body with lots of iron speckles rising to the surface and some nice depth in the slipwork too. So here's a few pieces and the opening is thursday night.

SALA on Terrace features emerging & established artists in an energetic exhibition of various mediums- oils, collage, ceramics & sculpture. 29 Jul - 13 Aug Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Opening Event 28 Jul 6-9.30pm

Venue: Terrace Floors + Furnishings  51 Glen Osmond Rd Eastwood, 5063  8274 1125
Medium: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture. Event is suitable for children. Event has wheelchair access.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

the professor gets a new groove...

The professor has a new do!! So new chimney and all we tested the fella out at my seppeltsfield studio ;) and like a super trooper he went off!!! only kevin will get the abba reference just for him ;) ;) ;)  and i'll let the results speak for themselves. Awww purdy... I'll give the pots a good wash and polish tomorrow and check for refire possibilities. All in all a successful test run yesterday and not too windy and not too much wood consumed this time either.

Raku workshops are held frequently at my Seppeltsfield studio in the winter season. Keep an eye on my facebook page 'ang walford ceramics' for the next event... and subscribe to my channel here...

My Saturday class starts next month too so keep an eye out if you're in the barossa, south australia or just want a gettaway, it really is lovely out there at the mo...

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Saturday it's the start of RAKU season at the studio 'JamFactory 730 Seppeltsfield Rd, Seppeltsfield, SA, stay in touch on instagram and periscope throughout the session. The raku kiln 'the professor' has a new chimney to test out and I'm hoping for some good air flow and super draft this time!!