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Mohamed HamidImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Star Brewery Pottery, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, UK, BN7 1YJ. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1273 483295
Email:
Web-site: www.hamid-pottery.co.uk
Availability: Open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5.30pm. (lunch is 1.30pm. to 2.30pm.) (Suggest phoning in advance if travelling any distance).

Directions: Studio located within the Star Brewery workshop building, which backs on to Fishers Street (Main Road). It is located close to tourist information office, police station and within the Castle boundaries. Nearest car park is in West Street.


Last Updated: 2013-01-22

Current Work

Current Work

I make a range of Zircon glazed, hand-thrown stoneware pottery, brush decorated in a variety of colours, in the Tin-glazed earthenware tradition. My work is influenced by Islamic Art, Continental Majolica and Dutch Delftware. I work with simple classical forms and my sense of fun; my pleasure in my work is expressed in its shapes and decoration.

I currently produce 14 to 15 standard pattern designs in 6 colour combinations and approximately 25 to 30 different forms and sizes. The range is continually growing.

In addition to domestic pottery I make brush decorated 'one-off' reduced pigment lustre earthen ware, largely decorative. I use much of the knowledge I gained from being involved in lustreware production at the Aldermaston pottery, while working there.

Work generally available from:
The Workshop Premises/Gallery and through high quality craft exhibitions in the South of England throughout the year.

Other information:
I am willing to undertake demonstrations (fee subject to discussion), particularly as part of an exhibition of my work.

Courses:
A range of regular evening, daytime and holiday courses for adults and children at the Star Gallery Pottery, Fisher Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1NJ.
All levels catered for.
Groups range from 3-5 people.
Please contact: Mohamed Hamid as above or visit his website for more details. The Studio is located within the Star Gallery workshop building, Fisher Street.

Commissions:
A specialised area of my work involves the creation of personalised lettered pieces for commemorative purposes (i.e. weddings, christenings & retirements)

Technical Information

Technical Information

Gas fired 'Laser' kiln, 18 cu. feet in capacity.
Stoneware glaze: Zircon opacified transparent glaze fired to 1280deg. C.
Earthenware Glaze: Tin glaze as base, fired to 1040-1060deg. C.
Lustre pigment applied to previously fired glaze, then reduction fired at 720deg. C. Developed from techniques of Alan Caiger-Smith.

Notes on Lustreware:
Lustreware has strong links with alchemy, the notion of transmuting base metals into gold.
It is made by painting metallic pigments onto the surface of the glazed pot, which is then reduction fired at low temperature. When silver and copper are combined, a gold effect can be created.
The technique was first developed in the Middle East, over a thousand years ago. Creating lustreware is an elusive, exciting and demanding process.
Its success relies on many factors - which makes it difficult to control and means each piece is unique and individual.

History

History

1979-80 - Foundation Course in Art and Design at Middlesex Polytechnic
1980-83 - B. A (Hons) in Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art, Farnham
1983-86 - Assistant to Alan Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston Pottery, near Reading
1986-89 - Worked with Jonathan Chiswell-Jones at J.C.J. Pottery, Alfriston, East Sussex, producing my own designs
1989 - Elected to the Guild of Sussex Craftsmen. Received Crafts Council Grant and established Star Brewery Pottery, at Star Brewery Workshops, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes, East Sussex.
1990 - Elected to Membership of the Ditchling Handworkers Guild.
1995 - Elected to Membership of The Society of Designer Craftsmen and Professional Membership of the Craft Potters Association.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Exhibitions and Galleries

Broughton Gallery, Lanarkshire
Gallery Seven, Greenwich
Terrace Gallery, Worthing
Ashdown Gallery, Uckfield
Chelsea Crafts Fair 1990/91/93/94
Craftsman Gallery, Ditchling, Sussex
The Craft Shop, Cranbrook
Plymouth Arts Centre
By Design, Brighton
Blakesley Gallery, Northants
Mid Cornwall Galleries
Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
The Gomshall Gallery, Surrey
Stafford Art Gallery
Amalgam Art, Barnes, London
Crafts Council Shop, V & A Museum
Boot Shop Gallery, Wrington, Surrey
Gardner Centre, Sussex
Portcullis, Gateshead
Aria Tableart, London
Round House Gallery, Stafford
Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales
Primavera, Cambridge
Michelham Priory, Sussex
The Gallery, Rottingdean, Sussex
Simon Drew Gallery, Devon

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Maiolica
Lustreware
Earthenware
Thrown
Handbuilt
Tin
Wall Panels, Plaques
Vases & Bowls
Teapots
Kitchen & Tableware
Commemorative
Gas