Philip Hardaker: Mayfly Throne, St. Peter's Community Mosaic
Philip Hardaker was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in 1954. He attended Harrogate College of Art in 1975 then went on to North Staffordshire Polytechnic to gain a degree in Fine Art Sculpture.
He moved to London in 1977 when he attended the Royal College of Art and gained an M.A. in Fine Art Ceramics in 1980. Since 1985 Hardaker has been working as a sculptor mainly in the public sector and undertaking many educational projects and private commissions.
For thirty years he has been digging up ancient and modern ceramic shards from Staffordshire and around the world. His work links with celebrating the past production of Staffordshire ceramics and creativity. Hardaker has contributed to two sculptures featured on the trail. The collaborative work of the Mayfly Throne with fellow sculptor Andy Edwards and the ST. Peter’s Community Mosaic.
The mosaic was commissioned as part of a larger regeneration scheme for Stoke that included new pathways, better lighting, new street furniture, new signage and floodlighting of St Peter's historic artists were commissioned to develop the images of the church and the local environment created by children from two local primary schools, turning them into a piece of public art. The mosaic is built on a low brick plinth. The structure has a breeze block support and makes use of recycled Victorian blue bricks as well as slate for the seats on either side. The whole structure is faced in ceramic mosaics, pieces from local ceramic companies' products, glass beads, and tiles.
Artist Andy Edwards also worked on the Mayfly Throne artwork with Philip. Click here to read Andy's biography.