My main practice is in ceramics, but I discovered kilncast glass during my MA at the Royal College of Art in London. As a maker, I felt compelled to respond to the material qualities of glass. I was curious to discover how the aesthetics of my ceramic works would translate into a different medium. I have since concentrated on developing vessel forms that explore the physical relationships that develop when juxtaposing soft fluid curves against the constraints of a formal geometric lines. Each object informs the next; a deeper understanding of the material enriches design possibilities and in turn aids creative development.
Ashraf Hanna is an Egyptian-born British artist. He initially studied art at El Minya College of Fine Art before moving to London where he gained a BA Hons degree in Theatre Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1994. He discovered clay in 1997 and embarked on a career as a ceramist, exhibiting nationally and internationally, including SOFA Chicago and COLLECT at the Saatchi Galleries in London. He received a Masters in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of Art in London in 2011. In 2013, a Major Creative Wales Award enabled him to dedicate more time to developing the body of work begun at the RCA. In 2015, a new body of glass work informed by the aesthetics of his ceramics won the British Glass Biennale Award for Best in Show. He hopes to continue working in glass and to further explore the possibilities within this exciting medium.