Ceramic artwork by Philip Hardaker
Available artwork by Philip Hardaker
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About Philip Hardaker
Philip Hardaker was born in Harrogate, North Yorshire in 1954. He attended Harrogate College of Art in 1975 then went on to North Staffordshire Polytechnic to gain a first class honours degree in Fine Art Sculpture. He moved to London in 1977 when he attended the Royal College of Art and gained an M. A in Fine Art Ceramics in 1980. His lecturers included Eduardo Polozzi, Peter Blake and Lord Queensbury.
Philip moved to Somerset in 1980, renting a studio in Bruton from Dutch painter Henk Huffener.
Since 1985 he has lived in a seventeenth century packhorse inn on the outskirts of Stoke on Trent, working as a sculptor mainly in the public sector and undertaking many educational projects and private commissions.
Hardaker is an accumulator, a shifter of detritus collecting the flotsam and jetsom of our wasteful consumer society and transforming these materials into art. He represents his work as archeological sculptural paintings made from clay and found objects. For thirty years he has been digging up ancient and modern ceramic shards from Staffordshire and around the world. He employs these fragments of past ages along with his own modelled and cast ceramic elements of heads, animals and aeroplanes in ceramic collages of considerable intricacy and beauty. Hardaker's work has political and ecological objectives and concerns in communicating comment on historical events. The work is also intrinsically linked with being English and celebrating the past production of Staffordshire ceramics and creativity.
The philosophy, ideas and messages behind the work capture the age we live in with both serious intent and irony and a strong sense of humour.
Philip's most recent work consists of a beautiful range of one-off mosaic work.
2002 Stourbridge Gallery, Contributed to 'Wicked Waste' recycling exhibition.
Oriel Myrrdin gallery, Camarthen, South Wales. 10 Year celebration exhibition.
2001 Small exhibition of work at Trentham Medical Centre, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.
2000 Contributed to 'Arty, Crafty exhibition', show at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.
1999 Contributed to Millennium Ball exhibition at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.
Contributed to Newman College Art Department show, Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Contributed to furniture and interiors show at Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
Contributed to Friends of Arthur Berry Show, Keele University, Staffordshire.
Contributed to Recycling the Century at Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales.
1998 Contributed to Water, Water at Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.
One Man Show (Archeological Sculptural Paintings) Hanley Museum and Art Gallery.
1997 One Man Show Manto's Manchester.
Designer Maker Show, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham.
1996 Mixed Show, Coventry Gallery, London.
One Man Show, The Ricochet, Warwick.
1995 One Man Show at Bar Room Bar, Hampstead, London (March).
One Man Show at Bar Room Bar, Hampstead, London (November).
Designer Maker show, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham.
1994 One Man Show, WKD Camden Town, London.
One Man Show at 'Frame Effects' Chiswick, London.
'The Angle' Gallery, Arcadian Centre, Birmingham.
1992 One Man Show, 'Les Partisans', Edinburgh Festival.
'From Hiroshima to Belgrade', 3 pieces in Birmingham.
One Man Show, Flaxman Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
1991 'Battle of Torromolinas' Film Festival, Spain.
Nomadic Art Show, Bayswater, London.
Gallery Ross, Manchester.
1990 One Man Show, L'Escargot, London.
'Battle of Torromolinas' paintings London.
'Battle of Torromolinas' Berlin Film Festival.
1990-1992 One Man Show, Phood London.
1990 Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.
1988 Sculpture and Clocks, Krok O Dial Gallery, London.
1989 Reactive Art, Submarine Gallery London.
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Travelling Show.
One Man Show, L'Escargot Gallery, London.
1988 One Man Show, Diorama Gallery, London.
Moving Parts Travelling Show, Bath, Artsite Gallery.
Showing at Crucial Gallery London.
1987 Time For Tea Sculpture and Clocks, Museum of Modern Art Oxford.
1984 Contributions to the Dog Show and Armed Interim Art Gallery, London.
1983 Twelve Kipple Clocks, Anima Gallery, London.
1982 Atlantis Gallery, Bruton, Somerset.
One Man Show, Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
1980 M.A. Show, Royal College of Art, London.
1979 'Remains To Be Seen', I.C.A. Gallery, London.
1977 Contributed to International Ceramics Exhibition, Firenze, Italy.
1975 One Man Show, Burslem College of Art, Stoke-on-Trent.
Philip Hardaker Skills
2003 Appointed by Trinity College, Camarthen as external examiner for degree course for next 3 years.
2000 Appointed School Governor at Middlehurst Special School, Stoke-on-Trent.
1998-2000 Lead Artist co-ordinating Packmoor Millennium Green project with Countryside Agency and
Packmoor Primary School.
1997 Coordinated Sculptural Project with Communique P.R. Company with Manchester Metropolitan
1996 Arts for Health Project at Manchester Metropolitan University.
1989 Designed album cover for The Pogues 'Love & Peace' album.
1988 Designed and built stage set for pop group The Pogues. It travelled Europe.
1982-1988 Worked on various pop videos, designing and building stage sets.
1982-1983 Worked with Philip Thomason Sculptor Somerset.
1982 Designed and worked on 'The Pyramid Stage' Glastonbury.
1980-1995 Individual commissioned work.
Philip Hardaker Work Experience
Belgrave Primary School, Longton, Mosaic.
Mosaic for St Mary the Mount Catholic Primary School, Walsall.
Metal and Ceramic gateway for St Thomas More Catholic College (with Ed Sveikutis).
Chase Terrace Primary School Dragon Mosaic.
Clough Hall Youth Club Mosaic.
Chesterton Primary School mosaic commerating World War 2.
St Chad's primary school Mosaic commerating anniversary of 2nd World War.
Mosaic Trophy for R.A.F. women's orienteering team.
Mosaic for Eastfield School Wolverhampton for Arts Council.
Mill Hill Priamry School, Tunstall, work with 700 children to make school mosaic.
Large Mosaic for Suther land Primary School, Longton, 50 years celebration.
Hillside Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent, school mosaic.
Large Mosaic to celebrate football at Port Vale Football Club.
Large Mosaic for Maybank Infants School to celebrate their centenary.
Large commission for Arts Council England at Old Park Primary School Wednesbury.
Project for Potteries Museum & Art gallery to create mosaic signage with local children for
Project for Birmingham City Council design mosaic icons with children for Summerfield Park
new gateways project.
Project for Achievement Zone, working with 8 schools to create one mosaic per school and 1
large one for Victoria Hall.
Sculptural Metal and Mosaic seat for Aspen House, Bucknall Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, with
artist blacksmith Edmund Sveikutis and 2 local schools. (funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council).
Burton Day Centre, Burton-on-Trent. Create a 'Secret Garden' mosaic with 70
elderly people and staff. Funded by Burton-on-Trent District Council.
Sculptural seat for Consall Forge, Staffordshire. Made with St Leonard's First School, Ipstones.
Designed and made a sun mosaic with the community of Chesterton. Housed in Apedale
Visitors Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Lead Artist for developing sculptural seating project in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Specially designed for disabled access with Zoe Partingdon and Loudwater Studio.
Large mosaic project with 120 children and staff at Marshbrook, First School, Penkridge, Staffs.
Mosaic project at Banbury Nursery School, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent. Worked with 60 children,
parents and staff.
Made a 'Music Mosaic' with the orchestra of Packmoor Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent.
60 children involved.
Artist in residence at St Edward's First School, Cheddleton, working with all the children and staff
to create 4 mosaics.
Mosaic residency for Staffordshire Moorlands district council at Gratton, Horton & Rudyard.
Mosaic residency at Richard Clarke First School, Abbots Bromley, Staffs.
Mosaic residency at St Edward's first school, Cheddleton, Staffs.
Residency at Whitfield Valley primary school, Stoke-on-Trent.
Residency at Summerfield Play Centre for Birmingham City Council.
Community Residency at Bilston for Wolverhampton City Council.
Large mosaic for Middlehurst School, Stoke-on-Trent.
Mosaic project for Birmingham City Art Gallery and Gallery 37, working with playgroups.
Large Mosaic project for Oxhey First School, Biddulph, working with 220 children.
Mosaic Project at Newcastle Emlyn School, Camarthenshire, Wales.
Cheadle Hospital Staffordshire Mosaic Project with mental health clients and local schools.
Represented Potteries Museum and Art Gallery at Artsfest Birmingham on mosaic project.
Gallery 37 Birmingham City Council Lead Artist with Pat Dixon on recycling project.
Torc High School and Glascote Heath, Oakhill, Stoneydelph primary and infant schools . Artist in
Moorside High School, Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent Mosaic Project.
Community Arts Classes with local schools at City Museum Art Gallery Hanley.
Yoxall Community Arts Project.
Tutbury Primary School, Burton, East Staffordshire.
Yoxall Community Arts Project.
Bilston High School, Wolverhampton.
Moseley Park G.M. School, Wolverhampton.
Colton Hill School, Wolverhampton.
Birmingham Netchells Women's Arts Community Group.
West Park Sculpture with Helen Sayer. Worked with 600 children on Community Arts Project.
North Staffs University Community Arts Sculpture Course.
Philip Hardaker Education
1977-1980 Royal College of Art, London, M.A. Fine Art Ceramics.
1974-1977 North Staffordshire Polytechnic, B.A. Hons. Fine Art Sculpure 1st class.
1972-1974 Harrogate College of Art.