Lydia graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013. Primarily working with clay, her practice spans across the fields of art and design. From tableware to pots, her work appeals to the viewer’s visceral senses. Using surface techniques such as inlaying and slip decorating, her working methods are meditative and intuitive, developed through an understanding of materials gained over years of working with clay. Hardwick is drawn to patterns and motifs found within indigenous craft objects and textiles, made by communities that attribute great expressive power to visual things.