Andrew Baldwin's fascination with glass began in high school at the age of 17. Right from the start he was enthralled by the extraordinary process of glassblowing. The beauty of glass was apparent to him, but the precision and passion required to make glass was what captivated his mind.
Andrew received philosophical and aesthetic training under Stephan Proctor at the Canberra School of Art (Australian National University), who was pivotal in his formative years as a student. Stephan’s teaching gave him a greater appreciation for the importance of making art and instilled a dedication to care in the process of crafting artworks.
After completing his studies at the Canberra Glass workshop, Andrew went on to a more practical training in production glassblowing at JamFactory in Adelaide, South Australia. This two year program gave him the ability to understand and master many of the advanced techniques of glassblowing. It also gave him the opportunity to study under and work with leading glass artists from Italy, Japan, the USA and Australia.
When Andrew's training at JamFactory was complete in 2002, he was well positioned to begin a career as an independent glass artist. Since then he has had the good fortune to be included in a number of international exhibitions in Europe, USA, Asia and of course, Australia.
The inspiration for Andrew's work is often just the process of making in itself. He enjoys the challenge of complicated techniques; he loves the thrill of crafting a really beautiful object. In deciding what to make, Andrew is either drawn to very traditional shapes in glass or objects, that are inspired by the natural environment.
Made in Australia.