Born in 1932, Gordon Baldwin studied painting and pottery, first at the Lincoln School of Art and then at the Central School of Art and Design in London. Strongly influenced by contemporary sculpture, Baldwin began handbuilding in the 1950's using a variety of techniques and has since gained a reputation as a major artist.
Baldwin was awarded an OBE in 1992 and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London in 2000. He was short listed for the Jerwood Ceramic Prize in 1996. In 2012, to mark the year of Baldwin's 80th Birthday, there is a touring exhibition and major retrospective of his work.