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Undulating Vessel: C.14-2019

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Undulating Vessel


Ceramicist: Hanna, Ashraf




Hand-built raku body clay coated with near-black slip.

Hand built clay vessel, rising from a sharply pointed rectangular base. The sides flat at the base, rising into a softer curving form with a bulge on one side and a large dimple on the other, one slightly lower than the other giving a listing appearance. Undulating rim. Coated with near black slip and finely textured inside and out. Underside flat.


History note: Two vessels purchased from Cavaliero Finn, 4 March 2019

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through the Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 20.5 cm
Height: 33 cm
Width: 30.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Haverfordwest ⪼ Pembrokeshire ⪼ Wales

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-07-15) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


Early 21st Century
Production date: AD 2018


Hanna designs his own white raku body. Containing over 58% molochite and high alumina plastic ball clay, this is medium textured, has very low shrinkage and is highly resistant to thermal shock, warping and cracking. The fine coloured slips are made from ‘terra sigillata’, a refined ball clay.

One of a pair of complementary vessels, one black, one white, by Ashraf Hanna (b. 1967 Egypt) who works in Pembrokeshire. Trained originally in drawing and theatre design, Hanna has worked in clay since 1997 and become known for his refined hand-built ceramics and kiln-cast glass forms. His vessels are often made to complement one another, as here, and feature edges, curves and subtle reflections of light and shade.

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hand-building : Hand-built white raku body clay, slip-coated.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ASH
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-incised in large letters
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-2019
Primary reference Number: 227289
Entry form number: 1386
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 16 July 2019 Updated: Wednesday 3 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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