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Scottish 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 Academy.

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.

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