Gordon Crosby first discovered pottery at the Institute of Education in London in the 1950's, where William Newland was in charge of the
Ceramics department. Gordon followed this up by continuing his pottery
education at the Central School of Art, which he attended two evenings a week
for three years. There he was taught by two very influential potters, Ruth
Duckworth and Dan Arbeid, who continue to have an
influence on Gordon's work.
Throughout this period and for much of his working life Gordon taught art at Wimbledon College, so pottery has had to take a back seat. However, since taking
early retirement Gordon has concentrated on his pottery resulting in him
exhibiting at the Galerie Besson
as well as the Harlequin Gallery.
Besides his early teachers, Gordon admits to being influenced by the American
potters Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner.
Recently when I mentioned to one of my American clients that the piece of
Gordon's work she was looking at was "a bit like Voulkos"
she replied "Yes, but better." Praise indeed.
Gordon exhibited at the Harlequin Gallery in July 2001and March
2003 and in the teabowl exhibition held in March 2006.