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Hadrian Mendoza

United States

Hadrian Mendoza is a stoneware potter whose work has been exhibited widely in the Philippines and throughout Asia, and in the U.S. at the Philippine Center in New York City. A graduate of Mary Washington College, Mr. Mendoza attended Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC from 1996 to 1997. His research on traditional ceramics in Southeast Asia resulted in the Ring of Fire: 1st Southeast Asian Ceramics Festival at the Ayala Museum in Manila in 2009, a landmark exhibition of 64 ceramic works created by 28 potters from Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The website created for this event has allowed the continued communication of its participants, and they are eager to work together towards another gathering.

Grants Awarded

2012 | Crafts | Asia General

ACC provided support to allow Mr. Mendoza to travel and research in the Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, and Laos to plan and organize a second Southeast Asian ceramics festival.


Exhibition / United States


April 27, 2015 - August 22, 2015

With the support of Ambassador to the Philippines Mr. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and his wife, Mrs. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Zenith Gallery proudly presents a collection of jars, wall sculptures, vases, sculpture in the round, musical instruments and other ceramic works by Hadrian Mendoza.

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Exhibition / Philippines


December 8, 2016 - December 21, 2016

Ceramic artist Hadrian Mendoza will be featured in his solo exhibit TAO.

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Grantee: Hadrian Mendoza

Exhibition / United States


June 25, 2019 - July 25, 2019

Sentro Rizal Washington DC is pleased to invite you to a reception to formally open Intersection, the latest solo exhibition of internationally-renowned Filipino stoneware potter Hadrian Mendoza, on Tuesday, 25, June 2019, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at the Philippine Chancery Annex Building.
This event marks Mendoza’s 29th solo exhibition as he explores themes such as the intersection of cultures, materials, people and lines. Mendoza has lived in the Philippines and in the United States as his works reflect a common ground between both cultures.

Bloom, the main installation in the exhibition is composed of intersecting lines made of dirt and porcelain flowers. A figure pouring a watering can nurtures the growth of the budding flowers. This recreation of the bulol rice terrace god is an installation about the positive impact he has as a teacher tending to his students, which are represented by porcelain flowers. The lines made of dirt that intersect at several points represent cultures, ideas and people crossing paths. After being back and forth between the Philippines and the US, the artist also sees this installation as a map composed of roads that he has travelled.

Hadrian has also created a series of busts and large sculptures of heads. Some have 2 faces, one on each side having different emotions. In one particular piece titled Intersection, a face with orthodontic braces has lines embossed on the top of its head. These intersecting lines represent our thoughts and decisions, all crossing at different points. The emotion on its face shows tension, similar to the tension created by tightening one’s braces.

Dangerous Flower, a series of 12 bulbous forms depict the stages of a flower in bloom. The forms speak of the dichotomy between danger and beauty coexisting in one piece. Tusk-like porcelain protrusions grow from the bulbs in intricate spiral and circular designs. The series represents growth, which is evident in the transformation of the porcelain tusks.

Filipino themes are also explored in this collection with themes that include the Ifugao bulol rice terrace gods of the northern region in the Philippines. The bulol are believed to contain spirits that ensure abundant harvests and protection from natural catastrophe. The Manunggul jar also serves as inspiration for Mendoza. The Manunggul jar is a secondary burial jar that was found in the Tabon caves in Palawan. Mendoza’s interpretation of the jar is represented by a circle on a plinth with the boat and two figures on top. The exhibition also includes functional wares such as Ikebana jars, bowls, and tea sets.

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Grantee: Hadrian Mendoza