Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg
"It has been a kaleidoscopic journey which has brought us through almost every aspect of glass as a medium - craft, design, art, sculpture, architecture. Hot, cold, simple, complex. Our learning curve has been one of constant exploration bound together by certain very basic overarching themes, a love of material, a sense of art as an expression of beauty, and a driving desire to weave our work with everyday life, to find joy in what we make, both the process and the results of those processes. Along the way our engagement with glass has been an expanding highway…bringing us gradually to using glass as an expression of art, a celebration of all that we have learned over the years combining our feelings about color, form, texture, pattern and material."
Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg have been working together as a team since 1979, when they moved to Transjo Sweden to study at the Orrefors Factory Glass School. Two magical years followed in Smaland, the Swedish forest region where they were assistants to Ann Wolf and Wilke Adolfsson. They spent the next twenty years working in their studio in Nonfoux, Switzerland and currently live and work in Paris.
Beginning as a two-person hotshop making clean, functional designs for everyday use, Baldwin and Guggisberg embarked on collaborations with Rosenthal Studio Line, working with designers Philip Rosenthal and Henk Staal. Later collaborations followed at Steuben working with Chris Hacker and at Venini with design director Roberto Gaspar Otto.
The introduction of their Guardiani and Cortegiane sculptures at the Venezia Aperto Vetro exhibition in Venice, in the mid '90s, marked a major innovation in their work, transforming the vessel form into free standing sculpture. Their experimentation with "batutto" cutting techniques with Muranese cutter Paolo Ferro, would eventually culminate in a series of tall elegant sculptures which would be exhibited at the Ebeltoft Museum in Denmark. Their current work has included many private and public outdoor installations, has been honored by numerous solo museum exhibitions and publications, and in 2007 Baldwin and Guggisberg were the subjects of a full-length documentary film, "Fire Glass" by award winning Swiss filmmaker Pierre Kalbfuss.
Philip Baldwin 1970 Bachelor of Arts - American University, Washington, D.C.
Monica Guggisberg 1979 Orrefors Factory Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden; 1974 - 1977 Apprenticeship in lampworking, Zofingen
Berner Berner Design Stiftung, Kantonale Sammlung angewandte Kunst, Bern Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA Castello Forzesco, Milan, Italy Chrysler Museum, Norflk, VA Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO Die Neue Sammlung, München, Germany Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany Fond Cantonal de Décoration, Geneva, Switzerland Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland Glasmuseum Hentrich, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Rosenau,Germany Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL Mudac (Musée du Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains), Lausanne, Switzerland Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France Musée du Verre, Sars Poteries, France Museo del Vetro, Murano, Italy Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Switzerland Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Berlin, Germany Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Hamburg, Germany Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA Pictet Collection, Geneva, Switzerland Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI Swiss National Collection of Applied Art, Zürich, Switzerland The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Baldwin 1980 National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.; 1979 Grants from Ludwig K.Vogelstein and Ella Lyman Cabot Trust,Cambridge, MA
Guggisberg 1982 Prix de la Fondation de la Vocation, Geneve; 1980 Study Grant, Canton of Bern
1989, 1992, 94, 95, 97, 99, 2000, 01, 04 - International Design Yearbook Selection
1999 Grand Prix des Arts Appliques Swiss Arts Foundation , Lausanne, Switzerland
1998 Federal Commision for Applied Art, Switzerland
1997 Bavarian State Prize, (Gold Medal), Munich, Germany
1994 IKEA Foundation (Schweiz)
1990 Prix Jeunes Createurs la Fondation Vaudoise, Vaud , Switzerland
2018 Under an Equal Sky, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, UK
2012 - 2013 Beyond Glass, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankurt, Germany
2011 - 2012 Beyond Glass, Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
2011 Solo exhibition, Gallery Barr and Ochsner, Basel, Switzerland
Toward a Journey of Begininngs, Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
2009 European Design since 1985, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Euroluce, with designs for Venini, Milan, Italy
2003 - 2009 Oisterwiijk Sculptur, EvdDoel, Oisterwiijk, Netherlands
2007 Euroluce, Milano, Italy
2006 Public Installation, Northeast Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
2004 Cirque de Spheres, National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK
Vetri nel Mondo Oggi, Istituto di Scienza Lettere ed Arte, Venice, Italy
2002 Battuto 2002, Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2000 Hot Glass Cold Glass- Celebrating Twenty Years in Switzerland-
Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Millenium Glass, Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Louisville, KY
1999 Global Art Glass in Sweden, Borgholm Castle, Oland, Sweden
1998 We Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Kunsthalle Museum, Bern, Switzerland
1997 Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
1996 24th Annual International Invitational, Pontiac, MI
Venezia Aperto Vetro, Venice, Italy