This show is a great pleasure and privilege having completed a commission for the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce which celebrates the great work they do for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The artwork is assemblage of reclaimed ceramics formed with wit and contemplation.
It is with great pleasure and privilege to be asked to do this show having completed a commission for the reception area of the Chambers of Commerce which celebrates and flags up the great work the Chamber does for the city.
I first moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1973 to study a BA in Fine art at Burslem College of Art under Keith Malkin and Arthur Berry, graduating in 1977. Then moving on to the Royal College of Art to complete an MA in Fine Art Ceramics . My tutors at the Royal College were the late Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake and Professor Lord David Queensbury, who all had an influence on me as an young artist. I loved Stoke-on-Trent and its role as an important creative hub, so moved back setting up my studio in Packmoor where I still live.
I've completed many public commissions and private works, working with over 50,000 people in schools, hospitals, universities, public buildings, parks and within communities across the UK. I also have private works in the collections of H.R.H. Prince Charles, The Houses of Parliament Art, Kirsty Mac Coll, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, Steve Lillywhite, The MacCartney Family, Janice Long, as well as many commissions across the UK and locally including The Pot Bank Hotel, Spode, The Burslem Town Hall, Middleport Pottery to name but a few.
It gives me great pleasure to share my work at the Staffordshire Chambers along with Barewall Art Gallery based in Burslem, I hope you enjoy the show and it gives you enjoyment, a sense of humour and contemplation.
Philip Hardaker May 2019
For more information contact Amanda Bromley, Barewall Art Gallery on 01782 258 843.