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.

Sunrises at Nagshead, NC OBX summer 2016

it is essential to go back to nature and be inspired by her beautiful colors and moods. silence pierces my ears as the waves and wind sing sweet melodies..  these colors I attempt to translate through my glazes.  chasing sunrises 2016

Kohler Bold. Art. Asia 2015

i was one of 5 ceramic artists chosen from Asia and the sole Philippine selection to represent the "Kohler Bold. Art. Asia 2015" art campaign.  the exhibition will travel 6 countries and will be a permanent collection of Kohler.  The 2 pieces i created are "Time" and "Manunggul"

Tatooed Bulols

my new works explore coil built Bulol figures in a position of offering.  balance, peacefulness, and belief are expressed in these works.   they are then carved with designs inspired by ali bata script.

Balance

i've been working with 'balance'  in my latest works.   how to make a piece stand despite movement in different directions.  testing the limits of the clay.  kim has also been working, she recently made a bust of 'Roja' as a ballerina..

Skinned Udu

the "udu" originates from the Igbo of Nigeria.  'udu' means 'vessel,'  it was originally used as a water jar, and played by the women.  a modern take adds a drum on the side, which creates a deep bass sound that resonates in the chamber.

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