September 2019 – ASHRAF AND SUE HANNA
It is a real pleasure to have the work of two highly respected ceramicists particularly as it has been a long time since they last showed here at Bevere.
Ashraf is amongst the most elegant of makers whose modern flowing pieces have a strong presence and have been a feature of UK ceramics for some years. This is work which ticks all the boxes for me and always demonstrates the highest level design and making skills. In his own words, hand-building his forms, making both individual and related groups of vessels, each object informs the next. The profiles, lines and spaces emerging from this process of development, their ultimate placement in relation to one another, the juxtaposition of sharp lines and softer curves, have become his major interest.
Sue’s work also displays technical prowess but is vividly contrasted with her husbands. Her inspiration is tribal art and this pervades her work. The masks and figures of different cultures have informed and broadened her interest in and understanding of both beauty and craftsmanship, of contrast and opposites, darkness and light, wakefulness and sleep, and of the cycle of life itself. As with Ashraf her work displays attention to detail and individual voice.
It is the contrast in their work which makes this a fascinating feature – even more so as they have agreed to join us for a Makers Lunch on 7 September – now already fully booked – when we can explore their creative inspiration.
The gallery will look exceptional I am sure, as we try to ensure that not only are individual pieces displayed to best effect but that we are able to enjoy the contrast between their striking voices.