Sculptor Tom Phardel is Chair of the Ceramics Department at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, a position he has held since 1988. As well as teaching, he has actively shown his ceramic work both nationally and locally and is represented in Michigan in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Dennos Museum. In 1990 he was invited to work at The Shigoraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan.
During his long career, he has received numerous exhibition and purchase awards and was commissioned through Pewabic Pottery to produce a ceramic mural for The Detroit People Mover in the Times Square Station. As an educator he has endlessly promoted and supported Michigan ceramics, curating exhibitions of other artists’ work and helping to launch the careers of several of his ceramic students over the past 25 years. This is Tom Phardel’s first solo exhibition at Pewabic Pottery.
Pewabic Pottery, September 10- October 31, 2010 10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, 313-822-0954