Artist Profile: Bruce Walford



Born into a family of artists and craftspeople in 1951, Bruce completed an old-fashioned apprenticeship in hand-thrown tableware. He has since established studios and practised his craft in Florence, Edinburgh, Cape Town and Noosa. His throwing skills are such that in South Africa he was the subject of a book published by Lorette Espi. He presently lives and works in Palmerston North. In addition to operating his studio he contributes to production projects for Decopot and advises on design and performance matters for Primo Clays.

Bruce revels in the creative freedom allowed by his medium to produce fresh, free-form, asymmetrical organic platters and Waka forms. The application of textures and patinas borrowed from aging architectural and sculptural surfaces further enchances these tactile forms. Paper clay is a favoured medium for this work.