Appearing & Disappearing



A solo exhibition of works by Ashraf Hanna


28th September - 14th October 2023

Opening 12pm Thursday 28th September
Online: 5pm Thursday 28th September
Ceramic and glass forms both need light to come alive, but the way they interact with light is startlingly different… In approaching my designs for both mediums, I consider the material qualities, attempting to think through light and shadows, observing how lines and profiles appear and disappear depending on material and the viewpoint of the spectator.’
— Ashraf Hanna




Appearing & Disappearing, a solo exhibition by Ashraf Hanna, is a rare presentation of the two mediums the artist is best known for: ceramics and glass. In the exhibition, Hanna explores the idea of material dialogue, expressing his long-time pursuit of form and line, and the way three-dimensional objects interact with light through his handbuilt ceramics and casted glassware. The translation of light and forms through the medium in turn affects Hanna’s design and sculpting process.

The dual presentation of ceramic and glass demonstrates the artist’s sensitivity to form and material, exposing the dialectic approach in this cross-medium practice.

Material dialogue lies in both the design and actual process of making the artworks in each medium. Ashraf Hanna works primarily in handbuilt ceramics, but his ceramic-making techniques and artistic instincts extend to his high-acclaimed glasswares. In making his glassware, the artist begins by sculpting multiple clay maquettes, then selects a form to scale up and sculpt a solid clay for casting. Afterwards, a refractory mould of the clay form is made from which the glass is casted. From their inception to creation, the Hanna’s two mediums are intricately intertwined, both acutely of how their forms and material qualities coincide to appear and disappear as light dances across its surfaces.