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.
I am willing to undertake demonstrations (fee subject to discussion), particularly as part of an exhibition of my work.
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.
A specialised area of my work involves the creation of personalised lettered pieces for commemorative purposes (i.e. weddings, christenings & retirements)
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.
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.
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
Aria Tableart, London
Round House Gallery, Stafford
Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales
Michelham Priory, Sussex
The Gallery, Rottingdean, Sussex
Simon Drew Gallery, Devon