Abu Dhabi Fine Arts studio fosters love of ceramics across the Emirates

During the Covid-19 shutdowns, the world has witnessed a growing interest in all kinds of hobbies, from baking bread to marble racing and playing with model trains.

It has also led to an increase in the number of people enrolling in craft classes, including pottery and ceramics.

This is where Abu Dhabi studio Khazaf for Fine Arts comes in. Run by Sarah Al Hosani, Mushrif’s business opened in October 2021 and offers workshops and ceramics production for students aged 5 and up.

Three types of workshops are offered: artisanal pottery making; pottery throwing; and ceramic glazing.

“We also offer the studio for private and party groups, or if there is an artist who also wants to use the space for their own workshops,” Al Hosani said. The National.

“Basically, the idea is to bring the artistic community together.

Al Hosani says his mission is to encourage people to appreciate crafts and the arts more.

“I hope the studio will be useful for people who want to learn pottery, or even people who want to spend time creating things with their hands or glazing certain objects and decorating them.”

Left to right, Fatima Mohammed, Abdulla Haikan and Sarah Al Hosani meet once a week to create pieces at Khazaf for Fine Arts studio, Mushrif.  Khushnum Bhandari / The National

She wants people to appreciate the effort that goes into every piece.

“It’s not always easy and simple and it’s not done in one session, it takes time to prepare, so I want them to enjoy and love the process, which makes the works of art more valuable.”

A customer glazes strawberry designs onto a mug creation at the Khazaf for Fine Arts studio.  Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Al Hosani’s plan for the rest of the summer is to offer workshops in various locations, such as libraries around Abu Dhabi, and then later this year in other emirates as well. “I plan to participate in different events and festivals,” she says.

She is often approached by other businesses, such as cafes, restaurants and florists, to make ceramics for their venues.

“So we produce ceramics based on what they ask for and what fits their theme and concept.”

Pottery items made by students of the Khazaf for Fine Arts workshop.  Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Al Hosani’s passion for arts and crafts developed at a young age, she says.

“I’ve always loved creating things with my hands, especially things that look beautiful and also things that are practical and that we can use.”

She remembers collecting items from all over the house and decorating them, if only to sit them in her bedroom where no one could see them.

She then studied multimedia design at Zayed University, with courses in art and art history. “So it made me go deeper into the arts and understand them more. I would also say that I’m more interested in art education. My love for teaching led me to that.”

Sarah Al Hosani produces mugs, plates and bowls for cafes and restaurants in the UAE.  Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Updated: August 12, 2022, 6:01 p.m.

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