‘Geometry is the cornerstone of my work, as well as of the Islamic arts. Whether it is my jug filter work or the vases, I strive for the most harmonious balance of proportions rooted in ancient Egyptian forms while bringing something innovative to them’.
From the narrow streets, pottery ovens and noisy workshops of Fustat, Ibrahim Said was born in 1976. Fustat is an area in Cairo, Egypt that has etched its name in the history of the pottery industry since the Islamic conquest. Ibrahim comes from a family of potters, and his father became his first teacher; the rich cultural heritage of Egypt became his second.
Known for his elegant vases that are included in some prestigious Middle East collections, Ibrahim’s work is inspired by the ancient work of Egyptians, the strong lines and bold shapes – although his signature work embodies a lightness that comes from his silhouettes, small bases and delicate finials.
His carvings are derived from Islamic jug filter designs, which were both functional and aesthetic, The carved area of the neck of the jug filtered out impurities when water was collected in the Nile. Ibrahim wanted to find a way to bring these ancient carvings back to life whilst somehow maintaining their history.
He has participated in workshops and demonstrations throughout the Middle East and has been highly recognised for his technical ability, creativity and innovation in the filed of ceramics
Diaa al Din Daoud
- 2011 First Prize in Innovation and Creativity, Masqat Festival, Oman
- 2010 Prize in Innovation and Creativity (one of three), Doha, Qatar
V&A Museum, London, UK
CEBIKO Museum, Korea
Masqat Museum, Oman
Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt Center of Islamic Art, Kuwait
Fustat Ceramics Center, Cairo, Egypt
Various in the Middle East