Contemporary Artist: Walter Awlson
Walter Awlson is known throughout Britain
for his figurative ceramic sculptures. His interest in figure
drawing stems from his secondary school days at Galashiels
Academy and was later developed at Edinburgh College of Art.
In his Scottish studio he produces slip cast
ceramic sculptures, which are all signed and numbered, in
limited editions. In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery
in the Cotswolds Walter Awlson sculptures are sold mainly
from selected galleries throughout Britain and he exhibits
regularly at the Royal Glasgow Institute and The Royal Scottish
Over the years, Walter Awlson has overcome
the technical problems of slip- casting, a complex form that
can then withstand the thermal shock of raku firing (where
the piece is taken out of the hot kiln). This means that he
can produce sculptures at a reasonable cost, which have all
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 quality finishes, are harder and can be placed
out of doors.
In a realistic style, Walter Awlson produces
nude studies, which often express a quiet repose or stillness,
as well as child studies, which can be more lively.
Pieces vary in size from a few centimetres
in height to life size, forming an ever-changing range of
about twenty-five sculptures.