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Ashraf Hanna

  • Ceramicist
  • Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Ashraf Hanna Ceramicist
Contact
English, Arabic
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7941200300
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From drawing to making

  • • Ashraf’s work expresses his fascination with line and form
  • • He found a new direction at the Royal College of Art
  • • He and his sculptor wife live in rural Wales

Egypt-born artisan Ashraf Hanna developed an interest in drawing and model-making during his time at El Minia College of Fine Arts. This led him towards theatre design, but after a degree in the subject in London he decided the reality of working in theatre wasn’t for him. Taking time out to consider his options, he got a job in a casino, and there he met the person who would set him on his future path – his now wife, Sue, a sculptor, who introduced him to clay. “She invited me to her studio and that was that. I developed a passion for the material and the woman!” During their first trip together – a ceramics holiday on a Greek island – he became hooked on clay, and has used it ever since.

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Works

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Grey undulating vessel with yellow interior and a triangular base

This hand pinched and slab built vessel is part of a larger series in which Ashraf explores form through a juxtaposition of lines and colour, interior and exterior. The series transforms sharply defined triangular and rectangular bases into softer curvaceous forms.

Height 38 cm

Ashraf Hanna Ceramicist
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Grey and Yellow undulating vessels with triangular bases.

Ashraf studies the dynamics of a relationship between two contrasting vessels, the movement of lines and the space between them through this series of handmade, pinched and slab built clay vessels. The interchanged interiors and exterior colours, all form a vocabulary to explore form.

Height 44 cm

Ashraf Hanna Ceramicist
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Three Vessels with undulating rims

Through this series of vessels, Ashraf explores scale and subtle movements within classic voluminous forms. The earth coloured vessels have been hand pinched and slab built. Their surface finish is achieved with fine coloured slips.

Height 65 cm
Height 60 cm
Height 42 cm

Ashraf Hanna Ceramicist
Photo: © AshrafHanna
Two white leaning vessels with triangular bases

The relatively large scale of these two pinched and slab built beige vessels allow lines to develop into a greater expanse of sweeping movement inviting the viewer's eye to explore the evolving perspectives and spaces.

Height 60 cm

Ashraf Hanna Ceramicist
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Two cut and altered vessels

In this body of work, Ashraf explores the relationship between line and space by cutting straight lines through the curvaceous forms and altering the dynamics by repositioning and manipulating the cut surfaces.

Height 18 cm

Ashraf Hanna Ceramicist

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