Gordon Baldwin initially trained as a painter before studying ceramics at the Central School of Art, London, from 1951 to 1954. Baldwin’s work developed in the opposite direction to many of his contemporaries, gradually moving away from purely sculptural abstract forms to an exploration of the vessel.
Creating a rich variety of forms in series, from bowls to less obvious containers with openings, Baldwin never ‘decorates’ his work, the marks and colours he applies are integral to the form.  The abstract form and design of this bowl gives a sense of movement, through the energetic black lines that look almost like cracks, which appear where the form of the clay is indented along the top edge.
Around the mid-1970s Baldwin’s work turned from predominantly black to predominantly white and he began concentrating more on earthenware. He developed a slip which gave a dry white surface which he applied very thinly in many layers. The figurative elements and letters disappeared in favour of drawing or painting on the white surface.
Often pieces were reworked and refired several times. While Baldwin’s work gives the impression of random events – edges that look like torn cardboard, painted works that defy explanation – it is highly controlled. 
Katharine Malcolm, June 2021
 Paul Rice and Christopher Gowing, British Studio Ceramics in the 20th Century (London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd., 1989), pp. 140-141.
Jeffrey Jones, Studio Pottery in Britain 1900 – 2005 (London: A&C Black Publishers Ltd., 2007), pp. 144, 145, 147, 166.
Paul Rice and Christopher Gowing, British Studio Ceramics in the 20th Century (London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd., 1989), pp. 140-141.
Oliver Watson, British Studio Pottery (Oxford: Phaidon, 1990), pp. 30, 35, 40.
Gordon Baldwin interview (York Museums Trust)
Leading sculptural ceramicist Gordon Baldwin talks about his work in this film by Matthew Partington, Recording the Crafts, University of the West of England, Bristol.