His process is to start with plaster, not clay, and then move on from piece to piece. When inspiration takes hold, he returns to the original piece to continue working on it. He went through a phase of having too many unfinished pieces, “it was unmanageable”. Hesham has a recurring dream in which he creates as skeleton out of metal wire but it goes nowhere.
“I don’t like work. I like play”
In addition to his own work, Hesham has worked with artisans in al-Darb al-Ahamr to try to help them develop new styles: “Craft needs to evolve or it will die.”