Hardaker, Philip (1954-)
Philip Hardaker was born in Harrogate, North Yorshire, in 1954. In 1975 he attended Harrogate College of Art and then went to the North Staffordshire Polytechnic. Here he gained a first class honours degree in Fine Art Sculpture.
He moved to London in 1977 where he attended the Royal College of Art and gained an M.A in Fine Art Ceramics in 1980. His lecturers included Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Blake and Lord Queensbury.
Philip moved to Somerset in 1980. He rented a studio in Bruton from the Dutch painter, Henk Huffener.
Since 1985 he has lived in a seventeenth century packhorse inn on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent. He works as a sculptor and undertakes many educational projects and private commissions.
Hardaker collects the flotsam and jetsom of our wasteful consumer society. He then transforms these materials into art. He represents his work as sculptural paintings made from clay and found objects.
He has been digging up ancient and modern ceramic shards from Staffordshire and around the world for over 30 years. He uses these fragments, together 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. It communicates comment on historical events. The work is also intrinsically linked with ‘being English’ and celebrates the past production of Staffordshire ceramics and creativity.
The philosophy, ideas and messages behind his work capture the age we live in. It has both serious intent and irony, and a strong sense of humour.