Potter brings his magic to city for major exhibition at gallery

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THE first major UK touring exhibition of one of the country’s most significant ceramic artists opens at York Art Gallery tomorrow.

The exhibition, called Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape, will showcase more than 100 of the sculptor’s works made over the last 50 years.

Helen Walsh, assistant curator of decorative arts, said: “Gordon Baldwin is regarded as the UK’s most distinguished living sculptural potter, who for the last 50 years has been making the most radical and exciting work in clay.

“He has been highly influential as both a teacher and an artist and is seen as a key post-war artist who moved ceramics onto a sculptural platform away from its more traditional functional concerns.

“Objects for a Landscape will include many works on display to the public for the first time since they were made allowing an in-depth look at some of Baldwin’s most significant work.”

The new exhibition is preceded by a second supporting show called Excitations, which features Baldwin’s choice of ceramics from the York Art Gallery collection by artists whose styles and techniques have inspired him.

The choices range from medieval jugs to Japanese works from artists including Bernard Leach, Hans Coper, Sam Haile and Pablo Picasso.