Born in 1932, Gordon Baldwin is recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished ceramic artists, who over fifty years has helped to redefine the expressive language of clay.
Initially trained as a painter, his sixty-year career in the medium has afforded him the reputation of a sculptural potter, and acknowledged as playing an integral role in moving ceramics towards sculptural forms and away from traditional functional pottery.
His work is a diary of thought, a physical record of his occupations and obsessions. Influenced by landscape, poetry and music. Baldwin creates a rich and intuitive variety of forms. Many can be seen as ‘vessels’, from bowls, to less obvious containers with openings.
He never ‘decorates’ his work, the marks and colours he applies are integral to the form, like the weathered surface of a stone.
In recognition of his influential career and achievements Baldwin was awarded an OBE in 1992 and received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art (London) in 2000.
He has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and his work is held in numerous international public and private collections.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2012 Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape, York Art Gallery & on tour 2005 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London 2003 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London 1996 Anita Besson Gallery, London Osiris, Brussels 1993 Gordon Baldwin, Contemporary Applied Arts, London 1990 Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany 1989 Gordon Baldwin – New Ceramics, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2000 Honourary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London 1996 Shortlisted for The Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts 1992 Appointed OBE
Victoria and Albert Museum, London Crafts Council, London Greater London Council Leicester Education Authority Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery Southampton City Art Gallery Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Southern Arts, Winchester Buckinghamshire County Museum Usher Gallery, Lincoln Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Paisley University College Wales, Aberystwyth Nordenfjeldske, Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway Museum fur Keramik, Deideshoeim Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany