British ceramist Gordon Baldwin originally trained as a painter at the Lincoln School of Art in Lincoln, England, before taking up ceramics at the Central School of Art & Design in the 1950s. He finds inspiration for his work in the rocky beaches of North Wales and the works of sculptor Jean Arp and painter Paul Klee. His hand-built “proper pots” master the traditional vessel form while invigorating it with new designs.
Baldwin taught at the Central School and at Goldsmiths College, University of London from the 1950s to the 1980s, and at Eton College from 1958 to 1996, mentoring many important British ceramic artists at all of these institutions. Flat Form with Grid is one of several vessels on which this austere pattern serves as surface decoration, and is inspired by the windows of Baldwin’s studio at Eton. It is a part of the Collection of Diane and Marc Grainer and was featured in Contemporary British Studio Ceramics, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design’s inaugural exhibition at the new Uptown facility in 2010.
Gift of Diane and Marc Grainer. 2011.36.2