“My sculpture has always been inspired from my immediate environment. My primary interest lies in the physical processes of making sculpture and the transformation that takes place both visually as well as psychologically when disparate materials are placed together. Through this I hope to evoke ephemeral and emotional qualities of the human condition, the yearning to understand the unknown. I want to make work that you want to be with as well as look at.”
Tom Phardel continues a 35-year career of creating, exhibiting, and teaching contemporary sculpture, using clay as his primary medium of expression. Phardel exhibits at some of Michigan’s finest visual arts museums and galleries, including The Detroit Institute of Arts, which holds his work in the permanent collection. A recent one-man exhibition at Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery drew rave reviews. Phardel’s work investigates large scale and dramatic architectural expressions. Phardel has taught and chaired the Ceramics Department at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies since 1988.
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