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.

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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A little twist

after making over 800 "Bulol" heads using the closed form, ive decided to attach them to each other and create ikebana vases.  its a balancing act in an attempt to defy the pull of gravity on the piece.  the results:  a lot of movement and swaying from left to right.  some have said they are reminiscent of worms, buddah bamboo, and even sampaloc (tamarinds).. 

Musical Instruments

i've always been fascinated with music and admired how musicians create songs with such ease.  With this medium, i am able to explore sound in a new way..  i can create and adjust sizes and shapes to yield different pitches.  my recent experiments include a circular bell xylophone and a triple headed drum.  waiting to be fired

Laos

 i was fortunate enough to travel to Laos, and meet the dean of Fine Arts.   we travelled on red dirt roads, met the first ceramics teacher at Laos Fine Arts University, saw beautiful pottery, and even saw the traditional school uniform.  The tenmoku glazed sculpture is titled "A Farmer, Tired After a Days Work,"  their version of the Philippine "Bulol"

i was fortunate enough to travel to Laos, and meet the dean of Fine Arts.   we travelled on red dirt roads, met the first ceramics teacher at Laos Fine Arts University, saw beautiful pottery, and even saw the traditional school uniform.  The tenmoku glazed sculpture is titled "A Farmer, Tired After a Days Work,"  their version of the Philippine "Bulol"

Myanmar

a visit to Dala, Myanmar's  Twante Pottery Village :)

 

 throwing a vase on a hand wheel, he is using a circular sliced bamboo as a tool

throwing a vase on a hand wheel, he is using a circular sliced bamboo as a tool

 stacking the wood fire kiln

stacking the wood fire kiln

 these 2 pots were made by these ladies, to be exhibited at SEA III in Virginia

these 2 pots were made by these ladies, to be exhibited at SEA III in Virginia