Ashraf Hanna is an Egyptian born British artist, resident and working in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
Ashraf originally studied Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins in London before discovering clay in 1996.
He uses the hand building process to create both individual and groups of vessels which are concerned with exploring the lines and spaces that develop through the manipulation of individual forms, and the placement of objects against one another. Ashraf is interested in observing how the juxtaposition of sharp lines and softer curves invites the eye to engage with the sculptural aesthetics of form.
Whilst his main practice is in ceramics, he discovered kiln cast glass during his MA studies at the RCA 2009-11. He became interested in the notion of a ‘material dialogue’, and he was able to explore this further when he received a major Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales to embark on a project entitled - ‘An exploration in the language of form and material’.
One of the outcomes of this project was a new body of work in glass which received the main award at The British Glass Biennale 2015, and more recently the ‘Crossover’ Award at the Emerge 2016 ‘Awards in Portland, Oregon, United States.