Hadrian Mendoza

Hadrian Mendoza gained his degree in Business Administration at Mary Washington College, USA in 1996 and also gained his ceramics art at Corcoran School of Art Washington D.C from 1996 to 1997. He currently manages his own ceramics studio and has worked as a lecturer and instructor at some art schools in Manila. Furthermore, he has had several solo exhibitions in his own country in America.

I walked into the studio one morning with an open mind, as I wedged the clay ideas formed and hapes were born. The fingers pulled and stretched. The clay fired into forms with the fire swirling around in dancing flames..
3 bottles.. twisted and thrown. Fired and assembled. As the process is reversed, the fire follows the clay…

Hadrian’s statement above reflects his attitude as a ceramics artist and how he tries to find a balance between shapes and burning process of ceramics, between art and crafts, handcraft and mind. The wood firing and salt firing processes have always been his interest besides the clay itself. His artworks are put into the oven without finishing. By relying on intuition, he uses salt, wood, sawdust, carbonate, soda ash, titanium dioxide, water, and strontium carbonate in the oven throughout the burning process. This is the art of burning ceramics together, which includes the interior layer of the oven’s hard brick, the oven rack, and also his artworks. Hadrian gained unique experiences, both mental and psychological, by doing this type of burning process. As free as life is, so are his artworks. Without directions, but following the movements of shape to something crowded beyond imagination. Like what he said that his hands are his life, the clay is his soul, and the fire is his heart, a human being who uses the abundant natural resources the world has to offer.

Works


HM 2. Bottle forms, 2009 stoneware with porcelain slip, gas fired with wood ash and salt


HM 1. Bottle forms, 2009 stoneware with porcelain slip, gas fired with wood ash and salt


HM 3. Bottle forms, 2009 stoneware with porcelain slip, gas fired with wood ash and salt. 2009

Artist Statement

“intuition”

i walked into the studio one morning with an open mind, as i wedged the clay ideas formed and shapes were born. the fingers pulled and stretched. the clay fired into forms with the fire swirling around in dancing flames..
3 bottles.. twisted and thrown. fired and assembled. as the process is reversed, the fire follows the clay..
as a potter, i try to find a balance between the form and the firing, the art and the craft.. the hand and the mind.
wood and salt firing has always been my passion, aside from the clay.. my pieces go into the kiln unglazed. relying on untuition, i introduce salt, wood ash, copper carbnate, soda ash, titanium dioxide, water and strontium carbonate into the kiln during firing. it is the art of firing the kiln as a whole, including the interior layer of hard bricks, kiln shelves, posts, and works. the results are amazing, as the temperature matures to 1300.. always on edge during the process, i push myself mentally and physically to achieve that magical drip. the colors of the earth dancing with the pot, and following the gravity of the earth. its all about that drip. the direction, the color, depth, the speed, the juice…

like my life, my works are free. no direction but follow a dance of shapes into an unimaginable frenzy..
my hands are my life, my clay is my soul, and the fire is my heart…
a human being using nature’s bountiful resources.
what a life..

Bio

Hadrian Mendoza
Philippines

DOB 11/30/73
Email: hadrianmendoza@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.hadrianmendoza.com

Addresses

EMPLOYMENT

Studio Potter
– Aug 1995- onwards
– Mt. Makiling, Calamba, Laguna, Republic of the Philippines

Brent International School Manila (Mamplasan Campus)
– Jan 2008– Dec 2009
– ceramics department head

Philippine High School for the Arts (Los Banos, Laguna)
– Oct 2004- Dec 2009
– Visual Arts Instructor in ceramics

Pettyjohn – Mendoza Pottery School (Makati,Philippines)
– Nov 1999– Dec 2008
– owner and instructor

AFFILIATIONS

PUTIK: Philippine Potters Association (Makati, Philippines)
– 2003- onwards
– Co-Founder
– Board Member
http://www.putik.com

EDUCATION

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

-1996-97 Corcoran School of Art Washington D.C
Fine Arts student and Ceramics studio technician assistant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

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

-May 13, 2007
Pinto Gallery Antipolo
“a piece of this… II”

-May 7, 2006
Pinto Gallery Antipolo
“Drips”

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

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

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

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

– December 06, 2002
Gallery 139 Glorietta Center Makati
“Hadrian Mendoza working as Shardman”

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

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

– December 07,2001
Gallery 139 Glorietta Center Makati
“Underground Pots…”

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

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

– July 07, 1998
Metropolitan Museum of Manila Roxas Blvd.Manila
Bangko Central ng Pilipinas
“7 months in the Philippines, a diary created through clay

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

-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
“The Ring of Fire: 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibition”

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

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

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

-November 9, 2007
Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong city
“Pottery Lifestyle”

– July 9, 2007
Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
“Upscale”

– May 22, 2007
The German club, VA Rufino St., Makati
“5 Potters”

– January 24, 2007
Inter-Continental Hotel, Makati
“ArTEAculation” the first Philippine teapot exhibit/competition

– November 29, 2006
Budji’s Gallery, Bel Air, Makati
“Hadrian Mendoza and Carlo Magno”

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

– October 3, 2006
Artspace, Glorietta Center, Makati
“Function Conjunction”

– November 24, 2005
Budji’s Gallery 235 N. Garcia St. Bel Air, Makati
Hadrian Mendoza and Isabel Diaz
“a piece of this… “

– September 2005
International Chawan Exhibition 2005 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
“4th Annual Maytime Arts Festival”

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

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

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

-December 19,2003
Mag: net Gallery Paseo Center, Makati
“XMAS”

– July 03, 2003
International Mascabal Exhibition Seoul Korea
“Kim Yong Moon Gallery”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– October 07, 1998
NCAA Intramuros, Manila
“Ang sining ng luad”

– November 1997
Madeira School of Art Langley, Virginia

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

– February 1997
Clarendon Art Bar/Gallery (Clarendon, Virginia)
“Group Show”

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS

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

– September 22, 2009
1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Workshop
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
Joruying Folk Art Center

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

KILN BUILDING EXPERIENCE

August 2009 Makiling, Calamba, Laguna Philippines
-Down and cross draft wood/salt fired gss kiln
with sprung arch straight wall

August 2008 Makiling, Calamba Laguna Philippines
-2 chamber woodfire and salt kiln

February 02, 2002 Makiling, Calamba Laguna Philippines
-Down draft sprung arch straight wall reduction kiln

April 2001 Pansol, Calamba Laguna Philippines
– Anagama Kiln “Musang-gama”

AWARDS

– November 2007-2009
Toyota Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
Asian Neighbors Network Program Grant 2007-2009
“Unlocking Southeast Asia’s potential”
Organizer of “Ring of Fire”, the 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Exhibition/Conference

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

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

– 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 city

– 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

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

– 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