Gordon Crosby was born in India in 1938 and came to England in 1947. From 1956 he studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art, followed by a post-graduate year at the Institute of Education, London University in 1960, where, under the guidance of William Newland, ceramics soon took over his life. This was followed by three years part-time study at the Central School of Art, with Ruth Duckworth, Dan Arbeid and Bonnie Van Der Wettering.

From 1961-1990, teaching was Crosby's main preoccupation, chiefly as Head of Art at Wimbledon College, although he continued to ‘pot’, exhibiting at Heals (London), Primavera (Sloane Square), Crafts Centre (Hay Hill), Anschel (Kings Road), New Ashgate Gallery (Farnham), Candover Gallery (New Alresford) as well as undertaking numerous private commissions. He also has work in Denmark, Holland, Australia and America (Newark Museum).

Above: Gordon Crosby, Galerie Besson, 2006


In 1993, he rediscovered the American potter Peter Voulkos, who with Hamada had been one of his earliest influences, but whose work he had lost touch with since the late 70s. He remembers: "A small black and white catalogue of Voulkos’ recent Anagama work sent to me in 1993 by Braunstein-Quay Gallery, San Francisco, was in every sense a rebirth of my, up to that point, very sporadic and somewhat eclectic ceramic output."

Since the beginning of 1995 he has returned almost entirely to the production of thrown and altered pieces.

Exhibitions at Galerie Besson

Twenty Years - Twenty Pots Sep - Oct 2008
Classic and Contemporary Ceramics Jan - Feb 2008
Classic and Contemporary Ceramics Feb - Mar 2007
Gordon Crosby: Pots and Paintings Nov - Dec 2006
Commemorative Mugs for the Millennium Dec 1999 - Jan 2000
Three Potters: Gordon Crosby, Katerina
Evangelidou & Jochen Brandt
Jul - Aug 1998

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