Hadrian Mendoza

ceramic artist

Hadrian Mendoza, a stoneware Potter, works with a fearless and audacious search for unusual and indigenous forms, including expressionistic and abstract shapes. Mendoza was a graduate at Mary Washington College in Virginia and a former student at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, where he was awarded the prestigious Anne and Arnold Abramson award for Excellence in Ceramics in 1996-1997.  He also organized the 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival under the 2007-2009 Toyota Foundation Japan Grant. He curated the 2nd Southeast Asian Ceramics Conference and Exhibition in Fuping Pottery Art Village’s FLICAM International Ceramics Museum in China. 

In 1997 he searched for his roots and moved back to the Philippines, where he slowly metamorphosed into an individualistic and nationalistic artist with a keen and hungry eye for Southeast Asia’s indigenous forms. He has made deliberate attempts at achieving heavy cultural undertones for his works. A humble craftsman, Mendoza serves at the feet of his own cultural dilemmas as an artist.

His works are permanent collections in museums in Cambodia,  China, Korea, Japan, and 3 of the main museums in the Philippines, which are The Metropolitan Museum Manila, The Ayala Museum, and BenCab Museum.

Hadrian Zamora Mendoza

 Email:    hadrianmendoza@yahoo.com

Website: www.hadrianmendozapottery.com



- Studio Potter-  Aug 1995- present

- Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton, Virginia, USA)-  March 2010- November 2015

- Brent International School Manila(Mamplasan Campus)- Jan 2008– Dec 2009

- Philippine High School for the Arts(Los Banos, Laguna) - Oct 2004- Dec 2009

- Pettyjohn - Mendoza Pottery School(Makati,Philippines)- Nov 1999– Dec 2008



- SEApots: Contemporary Southeast Asian Ceramics- 2009- present

 - PUTIK: Philippine Potters Association(Makati, Philippines)-  2003- present ( co-founder / board member)




-2016-presentGeorge Washington University MFA candidate

-1996 Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg,Virginia, USA)-  Bachelor of Science

-1996-97 Corcoran School of Art Washington D.C-  BFA Candidate




-December 8, 2016- Ayala Museum ArtistSpace Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, "TAO"

-December 5, 2015- Ayala Museum ArtistSpace Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, "A Round of Daydreams"

-April 29, 2015- Zenith Gallery, Washington DC, USA "Earth Fire Stone"

-February 19, 2014- Ayala Museum, ArtistSpace Gallery, Makati City, Philippines, “Deconstructed Rings”

 -February 18, 2014- BenCab Museum, Sepia Gallery, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines, “Home, Sweet Home”

-October 10, 2012- The Philippine Center, 556 Fifth Ave, New York NY USA, "Hadrian's Wall"

 -June 6, 2011- Philippine Center, New York, NY, USA, “Bulol II”

 -January 7, 2011- The Reston Museum, Reston, Virginia USA, “Circumnavigate”

 -June 18, 2010- Romulo Hall, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Washington DC, USA, “Kalabaw”

-November 12, 2008- Gabrielle Gallery, Cebu, Philippines “recent works”

 -January 18, 2008- Izukan Gallery,  Makati, Philippines, “armed and dangerous”

  -May 13, 2007- Pinto Gallery,  Antipolo, Philippines, "a piece of this... II"

 -May 7, 2006- Pinto Gallery, Antipolo, Philippines, "Drips"

-November 7, 2005- Philippine Center Gallery, 556 Fifth Ave. New York, New York USA, "Bulol"

- June 04,2004- Gallery 139, Glorietta Center, Makati, Philippines, “Bamboo Forms: the Final Slice”

 - December 05, 2003- Gallery 139, Glorietta Center, Makati, Philippines, “Bamboo Forms”

 - May 09, 2003- Gallery 139, Glorietta Center, Makati, “Shardman Ch. 3 Verse 73"

 - December 06, 2002- Gallery 139, Glorietta Center, Makat, Philppines, “Hadrian Mendoza working as Shardman”

 - July 04, 2002, Gallery 139, SM Mega Mall SM, Pasig, Philippines, “Recent Works”

 - March 18, 2002, Izukan Gallery, 88 Corporate Center, Makati, Philippines, “Spontaneously raw”

 - December 07,2001, Gallery 139, Glorietta Center, Makati, Philppines, “Underground Pots...”

 - January 10, 2001, Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines, “Shades of Green”

 - June 09,2000, Gallery 139, Glorietta Center, Makati, “Recent Works”

 - July 07, 1998, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines, “7 months in the Philippines: a diary created through clay"




- December 10, 2016 BenCab Museum, Gallery Indigo, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines “Re:View”

 - November 27, 2016Ayala Museuem , Makati, Philippines “Tree of Life: 4th Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival" 

- November 19, 2016District Clay Center Gallery, Washington DC“Homegrown Talent”

- July 2, 2016National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok)

“The Ceramic View”  in partnership with The International Academy of Ceramics

- December 12, 2015- BenCab Museum, Gallery Indigo, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines, "Re:View"

- October 2015- Korean Cultural Center, Ankara, Turkey, "Art for Peace"

- February 6, 2015-  Zenith Gallery, Washington DC, USA "Culture Cluster"

- October 2, 2014- Atta Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand “Give Me a Spoon" curated by Vipoo Srivilasa

- September 12, 2014- Vulcan Gallery, The Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia, USA “Earth and Fire: 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibition”

- April 3, 2014- Lakmuang Gallery, Khon Kaen, Thailand, “BKK:  Bond Klay Keramic II”

- March 20, 2014- Art Informal Gallery, Mandaluyong, Philippines, “Heat Wave”

- November 23, 2013- Watershed Gallery, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA, “Whimsy”

- November 9, 2013- The Workhouse Arts Center, Vulcan Gallery, Virginia, USA, “Out of the Fire”

- May 9, 2013- Nexus Multicultural Arts/ Lion Arts Center, Adelaide, South Australia, “Creatures Under the Bricks”

- March 13, 2013- Workhouse Arts Center W16, Lorton, Virginia, “Incarceration: Visions of Confinement”

- March 1, 2013- Genji Space, Bangkok, Thailand, “BKK: Bond, Klay, Keramic”

- June 2, 2012- Dao Artspace, Xian, China, "Clay Unity: Celebrating the Diversity of Southeast Asia"

 - June 2, 2012- FLICAM Museum, Fuping, China, "Clay Unity: Celebrating the Diversity of Southeast Asia"

 - October 30, 2011- Gorse Mill Gallery, Massachusetts, USA , "Chawan: An International Exhibition"

 - September 9, 2011 - Umjetnicki Pavillion, Opatija, Croatia, "Chawan- Noble Tea Cup"

 - December 19, 2009- North Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia, "Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale #1"

 - October 20, 2009- Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, “Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibition: The Crossroads of Civilization”

 - October 9, 2009- Ilo Ilo Museum, Ilo Ilo, Philippines, “Sining Luad”

 - September 21, 2009- Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines,  “The Ring of Fire: 1stSoutheast Asian Ceramics Exhibition”

 - September 8, 2009- SM Megamall Artspace, Mandaluyong, Philippines,  “5th Annual Sculpture Review 2009”

 - March 15, 2009- SM Megamall Artspace, Mandaluyong, Philippines, “Rurok”

 - December 2008- Victoria Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia, “Contemporary Ceramics”

 - November 9, 2007- Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong city, Philippines, "Pottery Lifestyle"

- July 9, 2007- Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati, Philippines, "Upscale"

 - May 22, 2007- The German club, VA Rufino St., Makati,  Philippines, "5 Potters"

 - January 24, 2007- Inter-Continental Hotel, Makati, Philippines, "ArTEAculation" the first Philippine teapot exhibit/competition

 - November 29, 2006- Budji's Gallery, Bel Air, Makati, Philippines, "Hadrian Mendoza and Carlo Magno"

- November 15, 2006- Artspace, Glorietta Center, Makati, Philippines, "Reunion: Balance and Form" 2-man show with Rachy Cuna

- October 3, 2006- Artspace, Glorietta Center, Makati, Philippines, "Function Conjunction"

- November 24, 2005- Budji's Gallery 235 N. Garcia St. Bel Air, Makati, Philippines, Hadrian Mendoza and Isabel Diaz

 - September 2005- International Chawan Exhibition, Abbey of Hemiksem, Belgium, "Joy to the Noble Tea Cup"

- August 1, 2005- Zibo Ceramic Museum Zibo City, China, "International Exhibition"

- July 15, 2005- Joryung Folk Art Village Goesang, South Korea, "Macsabal International Exhibition"

- May 8, 2005- Pinto Gallery Grand Heights, Antipolo, Philippines "4th Annual May time Arts Festival"

- December 17, 2004- Mag: net Gallery, Paseo Center, Makati, Philippines, “X-mas”

- November 05, 2004- Art Space Gallery Glorietta Center, Makati, Philippines, “Hadrian Mendoza & Jon Pettyjohn 2 man show”

-February 20, 2004- Mag: net Gallery Paseo Center, Makati, Philippines, “Centering”

-December 19,2003- Mag: net Gallery Paseo Center, Makati, Philippines, “X-MAS”

-July 03, 2003- International Mascabal Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

- December 15, 2002- Izukan Gallery, 88 Corporate Center, Makati, Philippines, “Group Show”

- November 23,2002- Drawing Room, Metro Star Bldg.,Makati, Philippines, “Household names”

- August 2002- Aomori Woodfire Exhibition Japan, Goshogowara museum, Goshogowara- shi, Aomori-ken

- December 12, 2001- University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, Q.C, Philippines, “Philippine Anagma project II”

- February 17, 2001- MTV Philippines, Fort Bonifacio, MM, Philippines, “Rebirth Modern Artists”

 - February 10, 2001- Liongoren Art Gallery Cubao, Q.C,, Philippines, “Patibong ng Puso”

- May 04, 2000- Intercontinental Hotel, Makati, Philippines, “Flora-Flora Exhibit”

- October 07, 1998- National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA),  Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, “Ang sining ng luad”

- November 1997- Madeira School of Art, Langley, Virginia

- April 1997- White Walls Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA, “Sculptural Vessels”

- February 1997-  Clarendon Bar Gallery, Clarendon, Virginia, “Group Show”




- July 2016- "The Ceramic View" Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand;  organized by The International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) Geneva, Switzerland

- October 2015- "Art for Peace"  Hacettepe University Macsabal Symposium, Ankara, Turkey

-October 10, 2014- "Earth and Fire: 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium” The Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia USA

- May 5, 2012- "Clay Unity: Celebrating the Diversity of Southeast Asia," 2nd SEA Ceramics Conference, FLICAM Museum , Fuping, China

 - October 31, 2009- Southeast Asian Ceramics Workshop, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

 - September 22, 2009- "Ring of Fire: 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival," Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines

 - December 2008- Khmer International Ceramics Conference, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 - July 15, 2005- 8th Annual International Macsabal Woodfire Festival, Bucheon City, Korea and Zibo, China

 - July 03, 2003- 7th Annual International Mascabal Woodfire Festival, Korea, Joryung Folk Art Center

  - August, 2002- Aomori Woodfire Festival, Japan, Goshogowara, Goshogowara- shi, Aomori – Ken




 - August 2008- Makiling, Calamba Laguna Philippines (2 chamber wood and salt fire kiln)  "Longgama"

 - February 02, 2002- Makiling, Calamba Laguna Philippines (down draft reduction kiln)

 - April 2001-  Pansol, Calamba Laguna Philippines, (Anagama Kiln)  “Musanggama”




- November 2016- Ayala Foundation Grant, Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines;  curator of "Tree of Life: 4th Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival"

 - June 2015- Kohler. Bold. Art. Asia. award,  Kohler Co., one of 5 ceramic artists commissioned from Asia to represent the "Bold Art Asia" traveling exhibition, Beijing China and Wisconsin, USA

- June 2012-2014- Asian Cultural Council Humanities Fellowship Grant, The Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia, USA Curator of“Earth and Fire" the 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium in Virginia, USA

 - May-June2012- FuLe International Ceramic Arts Museum Grant (FLICAM), Fuping, China, “Clay Unity: Celebrating Southeast Asia’s Diversity”, Organizer ofThe 2nd Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhbition/ Conference

 - November 2007-2009- Toyota Foundation,  Tokyo, Japan, Asian Neighbors Network Program Grant2007-2009, “Unlocking Southeast Asia’s potential,” Organizer of“Ring of Fire”,  the 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibition/Conference at The Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines

 - April 1997- Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington D.C, Anne and Ronald Abramson Award for excellence in ceramics, 1996-1997 ceramic artist of the year




- July 2016- Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

- October 2015- Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

- June 2015- Kohler Co.,  Kohler Bold. Art. Asia.,  Beijing China and Wisconsin USA

- March 2014-  Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

- June 2012- FLICAM Museum , Qiaoshan Rd., Fuping, Shaanxi, P.R. China

 - January 2012- BenCab Museum, Km. 6 Asin Road, Baguio City, Philippines

 - June 2010- The Philippine Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

 - October 2009- Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines

 - May 2009- Shangri-La Boracay Resort, Boracay, Philippines

 - December 2008- Khmer Ceramics Center Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 - January 2007- The Penninsula Hotel, Makati, Philippines

- November 2005- Philippine Consulate in New York, 556 Fifth Ave. New York, NY, USA

- August 2005- Zibo Ceramic Museum, Zibo , China

- July, 2003- Joruyong Folk Art Center, Korea

- August 2002- Goshogowara museum, Japan, Goshogowara- Shi, Aomori- ken , Japan

 - July 07, 1998- Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Roxas Blvd., Manila, Philippines

- January 1997- The Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, USA




- October 2012 Consul General Mario L. deLeon, Jr.

- July 2011 Loida Lewis

- July 2011 Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr.

- June 2011 Robert E.A. Borje, Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN

- June 2010Pinky Puno

- January 2010 Governor Fauzi Bowo (Jakarta, Indonesia)

- September 2009 Edru Abraham (Kontra-Gapi)

- September 2009 Connie Gonzalez

- January 2009 Dr. & Dra. Suratos

- January 2008 Brgy Captain Nene Lichauco

- May 2006 Dr. Joven Cuanang

- November 2005 Consul General Cecile Rebong

- November 2005 Josie Natori

- July 2005 Francisco "Django" Bustamante

- May 2005 Armida Singuion-Reyna

- May 2005 Ambeth Ocampo

- April 2005 David and Stanley Chua-Unsu

- January 2005 Anita Magsaysay – Ho

- December 2004 Budji Layug

- November 2004 Daphne Osena-Paez

- November 2004 National Artist Napoleon Abueva

- November 2004 National Artist Ben Cabrera

- June 2004 Bea Zobel

- 1998 Jon Pettyjohn

- 1997 Rachy Cuna




-"Mysticism and post-colonial moorings in Hadrian Mendoza's stoneware, GMA Network, Lifestyle Arts and Culture, December 18, 2015, By Filippina Lippi

 -“His Medium is Magic” Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle E1, Mar 17, 2014, By Filipina Lippi

-“Building a home out of clay” Philippine Daily Inquirer, Lifestyle C3, Feb 17, 2014, By Alya Honasan

-“The 3 Year Cooling Cycle” Ceramics Technical Magazine Issue #37, Dec-May 2014, By Hadrian Mendoza

-“Unity in Clay: Celebrating the Diversity of Southeast Asian Ceramics in China,” Ceramics Technical Magazine Issue #36, June-Nov 2013, By Hadrian Mendoza

-"Two Workhouse Artists Travel Abroad" Connection Newspaper April 5, 2012

-"Philippine Bulol Sculptures" The New York Times, Arts Section, June 2, 2011,by Anne Mancuso & Sunita Reddy

-"The Ring of Fire" 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival, Dao Clayform Magazine 2010 Inaugural Issue, by Hadrian Mendoza

-“The Ring of Fire: Contesting the Myth of Homogeneity”, asianart.com, November 2009, by Helen Yu-Rivera

-“Homage to the Bamboo”, Ceramics Art and Perception Magazine, September-December 2009 #77, by Helen Yu-Rivera

-“A Sense of Self and Place”, Business Mirror, November 2008, by Helen Yu-Rivera

-“Shards and Shades”, Metro Magazine, March 2008, by Alya Honasan

-“Form and Balance”, Philippine Inquirer, November 27, 2006, by Erlinda Bolido

-“Dancing Hands of a Stoneware Potter”, Philippine Panorama Magazine, Novermber 26, 2006, by Filippina Lippi

-“Natural Selection”, High Life Magazine, November 2006, By Hans Audric Estialbo

-“Hot Water”,  British Ceramic Review Magazine, March/April 2006

-“For Your Table with Love”, Metro Home Magazine, June 2006 Volume 3 #2, By Alya Honasan

-“Art Pottery”, Mirror Magazine, May-June 2006, by Lita C. Lee

-“High on Pots”, Filipinas Magazine, April 2006, by Barbara Mae Dacanay

-“Hadrian Mendoza at the Philippine Center”, Newstar Philippines, December 2005 Volume 40, by Robert P. DeTagle

-“Master’s Apprentice”, Philippine Inquirer, November 7, 2004, by Joy Rojas

-“Calling the Pot Art”, The Philippine Star Magazine, November 7, 2004, by Raymz Maribojoc

-“Hit the Pot”, Real Living Magazine, June 2004, Apol Lejano

-“The Picasso of Philippine Pottery”, Gulf News, June 4, 2004, by Barbara Mae Dacanay

-“Dinnerware for Those with aTaste for the Unusual”, Philippine Inquirer, July 28, 2002, by Joy Rojas

-“Hadrian the Potter”, Manila Standard, March 19, 2002, by Tere B. Lopez

-“Prolific Self-Expression through Clay”, Malaya Living Magazine, July 9, 1998, by Rowena C. Burgos