About the craftsman:
Mohamed Hamid: Completed a BA Hons degree in Ceramics in 1983 at Farnham art college, West Surrey. He was then fortunate to train with Alan Caiger-Smith and Edgar Campden at the Aldermaston pottery from 1983-1986. These were his formative years. From there he moved to Sussex to work with Jonathan Chiswell-Jones for three years. In 1989 he set up his own workshop in Lewes, East Sussex with a Crafts Council Grant.
Being of African descent, Mohamed is inspired by the warmth and vibrancy of that continent, the colours, the light, the exuberance! It is these characteristics that also attract him to Mediterranean culture. As a Moslem, he draws strongly on Islamic art. He says of his work:
" The effect is not purely a visual thing it has to do with cosmology and spiritualism". From cooler climes, Dutch Delftware also impresses him with its economy and restraint. As a self employed artist, he works hard and has achieved success and interest nationally for his precise brushstroke lettering and the lively spontaneity of his decoration and willingness to adapt to even the most unusual requests from customers. As well as teaching very popular classes he travels throughout Britain to exhibit his work at craft fairs and exhibitions.