Ashraf Hanna

El Minia, Egypt, 1967

“Growing up in Egypt I was surrounded by pottery forms that have changed little since ancient times; classical forms that have filtered through the ages, touched, and formed by the hand of the potter. Whilst attending still-life and composition drawing classes at El Minia College of Fine Art, close observation of forms opened my eyes to the beauty and contentment that exist within a well-considered and executed form."

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“In classical pottery, rims and edges define the relationship between the interior and the exterior plains; a point of transition where we are invited to peer into the belly of a form and become consciously aware of the space within. In this body of work the use of a limited palette allows me to concentrate on exploring the relationship between line, shadow, and space in a group of cut and altered forms.

Through carefully considered cuts and incisions that interrupt the linear flow of classic forms, I attempt to use space as a key component of design; edges are created, and three-dimensional patterns are achieved through exposure and concealment.”

Working in Pembrokeshire, UK

1986-89   Foundation and Access Studies in Expressive Art, El Minia College of Fine Arts
1991-94   BA Hons Theatre Design, Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts & Design
2011         MA Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Art

Ashraf Hanna has work in the following public collections:

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford
Contemporary Arts Society for Wales
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
National Museum Cardiff, Wales
Royal Bank of Scotland Art Collection
Rufford Craft Centre, Newark
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
University of Wolverhampton
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
WBBFuchs Collection, Ceramic Manufacturers, Germany
Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Bullseye Glass, Portland, Oregon, USA

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