Wednesday, 13 May 2015

more news soon...

 The Adelaide Potters surface decoration and printing workshop was fab with such a great group of peeps. Our day was jam packed! Thanks so much for the invite Jan Twyerold and for the pics from my handy assistant on the day Anna Couper and Stephanie James Manton! We had a fab time looking at influences, getting a bit tech with surface marking ideas and getting down to it with image prep and screen making. Cheers all, here's some of the results.

and a final piece raw glazed and fired to c9 in reduction.

A big shout out to the lovely Euan Craig who was guest editor for the Mag last month, my awesomeness friend and photographer Derek McClure Photography stepped in with some lovely portraits and shooting around my studio, a couple of his pics were chosen for the layout.
All up I'm happy with the layout a nice simple clean grid, it's quite strange being one step removed from the design process tho.

It wouldn't be a blog post without mention of lil birdie!
He's popped up in Aspire a local lifestyle mag! And when I get some c6 white clay back in stock, the beakers will be back in production ;) Well that's a catch up for now… more news soon, stay in touch for quick snippets on the dreaded facebook ang walford ceramics or instagram angelawalford

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

the blobs have left the building...

'At its core, 'Built impermanence' offers an uncomplicated message, one, which invites the viewer to observe and share in the peaceful and yet salient thoughts contained in this space. 

This installation piece had a very simple message, we are caretakers of the space we live in and this city is surrounded by bushland, which in itself will outlive us, even as it re-juvinates after fire we sit in wonder.

My pieces are reminiscent of the gum tree trunks - Eucalypts, which in the rain flash amazing shapes and tones.

I had the great pleasure of working with friends Anna Couper and Bec Cooke on this one plus photos by David Baker, space provided by Gallery 1855, thanks to fella Darren Williams photography for these post images.

Take down was Saturday the blobs have now left the building, which currently is home to Gallery 1855 3 Haines Rd Tea Tree Gully South Australia, until the trees take over again...

Monday, 2 February 2015

mark making on clay...

Well that was fun! Mark Making on Clay workshop at G1855. What a cool bunch of people, from experienced, to students, to never touched clay before… It was a great combo really. We started with a vid from the night my studio flooded. During some heavy rains a few years back when the water from my neighbours garden was cascading under our boundary fence and swirled through the back corner of my studio only to be flooded in seconds….

Anyhoo, after a talk about processes and influences including lichen on the rocks in a temple ruin in Vietnam. Also of many makers, ceramic and drawings and metal work.
Vietnam, now that was a great holiday and I still haven't made my own tour book, hmmm.
Oooh digressing again :P
So after chats, I demoed and then lunch in the Gallery courtyard.
Post lunch it was hands on exploring abstract notions of marks, inspirations, that quite often became illustrative. Overall a lovely day of clay play, what could be better!
All the tiles are under wraps in my studio while they dry flat for a couple of weeks. Then some glazing and firing straight up to c6.

To top off the day The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra was playing at the Rec. centre in Golden Grove. The recent place for evacuations and support during the Walkers Flat bush fires. A very nice night listening to storytelling and great symphonies of Mozart and Wagner with a very animated conductor :) twas cool…

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO)

Adeladie Symphony Orchestra at the Golden Grove Arts Centre
Experience a magical night of classical music with an ensemble of musicians from the acclaimed Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Guests include Simon Cobcroft (cello) and Nathan Aspinall (conductor).
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll [original version with single strings]
Saint-Saens - Cello Concerto no 1
Mozart - Symphony no 41 'Jupiter''

#g1855, #gallery1855, #markmaking, #claytiles, #3hoursinstudio

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


With so many social media options available, what do you choose?
One of my favs for 2014 was Instagram. Nice filters and now with a fresh revamp, they are a quick and easy way to grab the essence of the studio day and share a little. Hence my 2014 hashtag #3hoursinstudio. It is also the name of my photo album on the dreaded facebook that captures an hour - 3 hours effort in the studio. I haven't named this years theme yet but no doubt it will come to me.. Anyhoo hop on either of those for daily updates. I will continue this page as my Journal space and general rants, not that there are many of those.

If yu still need to book for my workshop 'Mark making on Clay' at the Gallery 1855 pls get in touch with Niki e — at Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully.

And see you at The Stirling Market Sunday 25 January in my usual spot on the lower lane outside the bank.

Meanwhile the ARTAG group from Gallery 1855 are working on an installation piece that will be really cool installing in our favourite room at the gallery complete with jail cell! We are all contributing in our medium of choice to a group piece about the impermanence of things, mostly relating to the gallery and its location as one of the first buildings in the area in what was once bushland. And more recently in connection with the Sampson flat bushfires our reflections will be very serendipitous

my beginnings of the installation pieces...

And a little trip up the 'The Nose' for a hike Monday night, at Parra Wirra Recreation Park, just stunning in the rain and fog. This place never ceases to amaze me! cheers Darren for the trail guide ;)

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

workshop @G1855

Starting the year off with a bang and this :P

I hope to see yu! there are limited places so get in touch with Niki asap, details below
It will be a hands on all day workshop with lunch break, slideshow and chats. Bring your notebooks and any journals ideas you are processing at the mo.
I will have tools, slip and some greenware tiles for you to work on. Some working with clay skills required, newbies and other media artists all welcome.

Gallery1855’s focus on clay continues into early 2015, with artist Angela Walford for Mark making on clay, a one-day surface decoration workshop.

To register please refer to the flyer below. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cheers, Niki e
 — at Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully.