Home

If interested in anything within this website feel free to reach out to Matthew Hardwick at hardwickhandmade@gmail.com

Hardwick Handmade is dedicated to producing high quality ceramic vessels. On this website one will find utilitarian earthenware dinnerware and experiential porcelaneous stoneware vessels. Matthew Hardwick is passionate about both.

Dessert plates and mugs in polygeo designs

The Earthenware work came out of years of study in production pottery under multiple ceramic teachers and bosses with many different materials and finished pieces.

Dessert bowls fired in a wood/salt atmosphere

The porcelaneous stoneware vessels came from graduate school studies.

Matthew continues to produce both.

Gallery

Images of my porcelaneous stoneware work from the last few years. Atmospheric firing is used to add to the clay surface either by flashing the clay body, adding to the glaze chemistry or both.

Planter 2018 Wood/Salt Fired Cone10 9x6x6
Vase in Strictly Functional exhibition in Lancaster, PA 2019
Vase 2018 Wood/Salt Fired with Amber glaze 11x6x6″
Shaner Oribe glaze going into a phase seperation causing the color to turn blue with micro crystals
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2018 Wood/Salt Fired 4x4x3″

Amber glaze is bleached by the salt thrown into the kiln at cone 10
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2018 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″

Only glaze is placed on the inside of the three cups
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cups with Tray 2017 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Manganese blue glaze is picking up purple crystals on the inside of the cup in oxidized area of the kiln
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2017 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Raw clay body is rough and oxidized as this cup was in a cool part of the kiln
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2017 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Oribe glaze inside with raw clay showing elseware
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2018 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Amber glaze melted away by salt thrown into the kiln at cone 10
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2018 Wood/Salt Firing 3x3x3″
Manganese blue glaze is picking up a purple drip in the back of the cup. This cup was wadded on its backside and placed in a heavily reduced part of the kiln.
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2017 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
glazed with a yellow/green satin glaze make from pumice
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2017 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Tenmoku glaze on the inside of the cup is brown from the salt causing it to run down into the bottom of the cup where the color is more black. This cup is also slightly under fired, so the glaze is brown because of that as well
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2017 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Amber glaze on interior
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 3x3x3″
Magnesium blue glaze with purple crystals on the interior
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 3x3x3″
Amber glaze on the interior
Tri-lobed tray 2016 Wood/Salt fired 5x5x2″
Blue Magnesium glaze on the interior with raw clay on the outside
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 3x3x3″
Amber glaze engulfs the entire form, fired on seas shells
Star Tray 2016 Wood/Salt Fired 5x5x2″
Magnesium blue glaze was placed in a section that had a cool spot across half of it. Only purlple crystals show in half of the plate.
Butterfly Plate 2016 Wood/Salt fired 11x8x4″
Amber glaze inside and out
Vase 2016 Wood/Salt fired 8x4x4″
Shaner Oribe glaze on the inside of a salt glazed porcelaneous piece
Dessert Lobed Bowl 2016 Wood/Salt fired 5x5x4″
Bizen fired piece of porcelaneous stoneware
Star Tray 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 5x5x2″
Interior image of a porcelaneous tray with yellow/green pumice glaze
Tray 2016 Wood/Salt fired 5x5x1″
Magnesium blue glaze with purple crystals fired in an oxidized area of the kiln
Dessert Bowl 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 5x5x4″
Yellow/green pumice glaze on both interior and exterior
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 4x3x3″
Loose- Amber glazed inside and out
Bourbon, Sake, Tea cup 2016 Wood/Salt Firing 3x3x3″

About

Pottery is not just something Matthew does- It is a passion- an obsession.

Born and raised in Virginia, Matthew Hardwick started making pottery in 1986 in high school before continuing this medium at James Madison University.  Following a friends advise he moved to Northern New Mexico in 1993 to explore and experience the Southwestern United States.  Preparing for the move he discovered that Santa Fe, New Mexico would be a perfect fit for an adventurous artist ready to feed a hunger for creativity. This whim to see something different, made him grow as an individual and opened his eyes to the diversity and complexity of the world around him.

Altogether, Matthew enjoyed fifteen years in Santa Fe. There he honed his skills in ceramic production, building upon his love of clay completely committed to the community which embraced him. He worked at multiple potteries where he learned the fundamentals of making and designing pottery. He hiked extensively in the desert and the Rocky Mountains and built connections with individuals that will last a lifetime.

In the midst of his time spent in the Southwest, his life led him to Denver, CO and finally to the Aspen Valley where he worked at a non-profit not only learning, but teaching K-8th grade students pottery, tile work, organic gardening and resource efficient construction. Permaculture and energy efficiencies became an important part of his life and remain so to this day. There important ceramic artists entered his life, ones that not only encouraged him as an artist and as an individual, but ones that made him proud to be an artist and maker.

Boom, he wound up in Lincoln Nebraska; one of the premier ceramic graduate programs in the United states where he studied with Gail Kendall, Eddie Dominguez and Pete Pinnell. Guest artists were brought in from around the world, but it was his peers who on an every day basis, tested him whether he liked it or not.  He achieved a Masters degree in Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Afterwards, he moved back to Santa Fe, New Mexico and reestablished his pottery career. His experience and contacts allowed him the honor of teaching at Santa Fe Clay and the American Indian Art Institute. He got his old job back where his education in pottery production culminated in daily contact with Jenny Lind and Allen Walter. Their guidance in seemingly how to make pottery and art, but really how to work with people and treat people made a huge impact on how he lives his  day to day life.

Eventually, he established a new career in manufacturing which built upon his creative knowledge and not only taught him efficiencies and cost reduction techniques, but how to implement them in the workplace. It was a step he felt he needed to grow his managerial skill and the size of his paycheck.  As a production and quality manager he spent four years  remotely managing an office in Northern China and another in Hong Kong. Long days and nights taught Matthew a great deal about what he wants and doesn’t want in his life.

Currently, he has moved back to Virginia, close to where it all began for him, but not too close if you know what I mean. His proximity to friends and family pleases him as does the time he has to make pottery and promote this business.

Please, see the Curriculum Vitae for more information.

Contact

email: hardwickhandmade@gmail.com

Hardwick Handmade is currently produced at Matt Hardwick’s home studio in Richmond, VA.

Please, contact Matt Hardwick for any question or need to purchase an item.