Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg
Residence - Wales
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 Wolff and Wilke Adolfsson. They spent the next twenty years working in their studio in Nonfoux, Switzerland and currently live and work in Wales.
"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."
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.
1970 Bachelor of Arts - American University, Washington, D.C.
1979 Orrefors Factory Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden
1974 - 1977 Apprenticeship in lampworking, Zofingen
1980 National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
1979 Grants from Ludwig K.Vogelstein and Ella Lyman Cabot Trust,Cambridge, MA
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 Commission 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
Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Switzerland
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
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Glasmuseum Hentrich, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany
Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
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
Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Mudac (Musée du Design et d'Arts Appliqués Contemporains), Lausanne, Switzerland
Musée du Verre, Sars Poteries, France
Museo del Vetro, Murano, Italy
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Berlin, Germany
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Hamburg, Germany
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Pictet Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
Swiss National Collection of Applied Art, Zürich, Switzerland
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Species Novae, 2018
Free Blown, Incalmo, carved
31.5 x 6.5 x 6.5", 31.5 x 6.5 x 6.5", 23.62 x 6.3 x 6.3"
Species Novae, 2018
Free Blown, Incalmo, carved
38.53 x 29.53 x 29.53 ", 26.38 x 29.13 x 29.13"
The Orange Mummy, 2012
Blown glass vessel with cold worked surface
18.7 x 11.42 x 10.24"