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Walter Awlson

Walter Awlson

Walter Awlson is known throughout Britain for his figurative ceramic sculptures. His interest in figure drawing stems from secondary school days at Galashiels Academy and was later developed at Edinburgh College of Art. This ability in drawing forms the basis of his work. Since graduating, he has taught in secondary schools and further education, and now works full-time as an artist. In his Alloa studio he produces slip-cast ceramic sculptures, which are all signed and numbered, in limited editions. His work is mainly sold from selected galleries throughout Britain, and he exhibits regularly at the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Royal Scottish Academy. Having graduated in furniture design, and like many others, he discovered clay later and became obsessed with the handling of the material and the firing of it. "Any child loves playing with mud and has a fascination for fire. It is marvellous to earn one’s living doing just that. I particulary enjoy raku firing which is done with real flame and smoke." Over the years, Walter has overcome the technical problems of slip-casting a complex form which can then withstand the thermal shock of raku firing (where the piece is taken out of a hot kiln). This means that he can produce sculptures at a reasonable cost which have the richness and individuality of that type of firing. As an alternative, stoneware glazes are sometimes used. Fired at a higher temperature, these pieces, which have stone-like or bronze-like finishes, are harder and can be placed out of doors. In a realistic style, Walter produces nude studies which often express a quiet repose or stillness, as well as child studies which can be more lively. Pieces may vary in size from a few centimetres in height to life-size, forming an ever-changing range of about twenty-five different sculptures.

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