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.


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

Public Collections

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

Courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery, images © Philip Sayer