Background information about the artist and his work and galleries where the work has been exhibited.


Michael Hardy was born in Brighton, Sussex and studied at the Brighton College of Art and Design.

He trained initially as an industrial designer, but began to  work as a studio potter and sculptor after studying with sculptor/potter John Berry.  He taught for three years in a school in Worcestershire  before moving to Hertfordshire where, for many years, he combined his work as an artist with his role as a  college lecturer.  He was for many years Principal Lecturer in Art and Design at the University of Hertfordshire, but now devotes most of his time to his work as a sculptor and potter.
Michael Hardy is an elected member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and exhibits regularly with the London Potters Group.  He has been involved with church and other architectural restoration work.  He is also the author of books on Handbuilt and Coiled ceramics, both published by A&C Black.  He was also asked to demonstrate his making techniques at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
He works in a wide range of materials and much of his work is related to the human form.
Michael Hardy's work has been exhibited widely and includes the following galleries and locations.

Alwin Gallery - Tunbridge Wells

Ashdown Gallery - Uckfield

Atmosphere Gallery - London

Barclaycraft - Brighton

Brighton Art Gallery

Brian Starkey Gallery - Sutton

Camden Arts Centre

Direct Art Ltd - Luton

Dudley Art Gallery

Gloucester Road Underground - London

Hanbury Manor - Nr. Ware

Herbert Gallery - Coventry

Hitchen Gallery

Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery

Mall Galleries - London

Margaret Harvey Gallery - University of Hertfordshire

Morley Gallery - London

New Maynard Gallery - Welwyn Garden City

Old Bakehouse Gallery - Chichester

Playhouse Gallery - Harlow

 Radlett Arts Centre

RBSA Gallery - Birmingham

Redbourn Museum

Riverside Gallery - Devon

Royal Academy - London

Swiss Crafts Council - Berne and Zurich

Walkern Gallery - Hertfordshire