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Works by Lincoln-born ceramicist Gordon Baldwin to go on display in Sleaford

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

HOME EXHIBITION: A special exhibition to showcase Gordon Baldwin's work will take place later this month.

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THE National Centre for Craft and Design is holding a major exhibition of work by Lincoln-born ceramicist Gordon Baldwin.

The exhibition, curated by Tatjana Marsden, has been organised by York Museums Trust and is a celebration of the career and achievements of Gordon Baldwin over the last 60 years.

Gordon Baldwin OBE, born in 1932, is regarded as one of the most distinguished living potters in the UK and internationally. His reputation has been built on his influence as both a maker and a teacher.

As a young artist in the post war era, his work broke new ground as it moved away from the usual traditional functional ceramics of the studio potters of that time to more sculptural forms.

Over the next four decades Gordon's work took on more abstract influences.

He moved away from darker, highly glazed vessels to the more familiar chalky white background of many of his later works which allowed for a greater degree of surface drawing.

The exhibition explores Baldwin's influences from music and landscape to 20th Century art.

It brings together more than 140 works spanning 50 years of creative output, featuring works from the principle phases of his career; works from the 1980s onwards, as this is when he has produced his strongest and a small group of new works.

Gordon has close ties to Lincolnshire; he was educated in Lincoln where he attended the Lincoln School of Art in 1949, before taking a place at the Central School of Art and Design. Gordon himself went on to teach at several schools and colleges including Goldsmiths, Camberwell and Eton.

Some of the early influences on his work were landscape inspired and indeed he makes a special recollection of a visit to the Lincolnshire coast in 1947 and latterly the Welsh coast at Porth Neigwl.

The exhibition will take open on October 20 and run until January 2013.

For more information visit www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk

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