Wali Hawes 06/09/1952 - 04/08/2014
Wali sadly lost his cancer
battle and died peacefully with his family with him on 4th
Wali was best known for his
construction of kilns (just one area of his many talents) – including
the magnificent Dragon kiln and his ‘Fire Trees’.
He will be very much missed
by all his international friends and family. This website will
be maintained as a fitting tribute to his pioneering, innovative,
imaginative and unconfined pottery.
"I did not know Wali all that well, but his charm and enthusiasm
were infectious and I feel as many others will, a sense of personal
loss. I knew him best from his construction of kilns (just one
area of his many talents) – including the wonderful Dragon
kiln and his ‘Fire Trees’. The humour and the excitement
he brought to the ceramics world will be sadly missed and I offer
my and studiopottery.co.uk’s condolences to Georgina, his
wider family and all those who will miss him so much." Stephen Dee Studio Pottery
"I was born in India, went
to college in England, studied pottery in Spain, and moved to
I suppose this exposure has given me a varied
perspective on things.
My work is eclectic and refuses to be confined
to one style or mode."
New Directions in Ceramics
Wali's fantastic flying kilns are mentioned in the book New Directions
in Ceramics by Jo Dahn
New Directions in Ceramics explores and responds to contemporary ceramists'
use of innovative modes of practice, investigating how change is happening
and interpreting key works. Jo Dahn provides an overview
of the current ceramics landscape, identifying influential exhibitions,
events and publications, to convey a flavour of debates at a time when
much about the character of ceramics is in a state of flux. What non-traditional
activities does the term 'ceramics' now encompass? How have these practices
developed and how have they been accommodated by institutions in Britain
For More Information and to Purchase
This was Wali's last project, undertaken in 2013
Gladstone 2013 - fired up!
The building tells its stories... a performance event in the courtyard
of Gladstone Pottery 13 September 2013 - Weaving original words from
pottery workers, with poetry music and dance celebrating the Gladstone
site and the pottery industry of Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Gladstone 2013 Fired Up! was a year-long community project culminating
in a performance celebrating the pottery industry of Stoke-on-Trent.
condolences to Wali's family on their loss - a lovely, funny man
who kept us laughing through the stressful run up to the performance
this time last year.
hope that our celebration of the relocation of Wali's last project,
the Gladstone Firehand will do him proud." - Wendy
Davies, Project Manager of the Gladstone Fired Up!
Flying Fire Kilns!
This is one of my flying fire kilns on youtube.
L'Arbre du Voyageur
A film featuring Wali made on the isle of La Reunion
Connected Communities Festival: Gladstone 2013 - Fired Up!
Wali's piece is shown at 53 minutes into the video
Raku Workshop for students of pottery, art educators, artists
and designers - Japan
Wali Hawes in BAITG
A Japanese Tea Ceremony
La Hora es bona......Eve Ariza & Wali Hawes
A Visit to a Japanese Hospital