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Geoffrey Baxter @ Whitefriars Glass

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Before it closed in the early 1980’s, Whitefriars Glassworks had survived for over 300 years making high quality glass products from its various sites around Temple in Central London

Geoffrey Baxter, a graduate of The Royal College of Arts Industrial Glassware programme and perhaps the studios most well known blower, joined the company in the mid 1950’s and was the first permanent employee to be employed outside of the Powell family, who took over the company in 1834.

Post war Britain realised that Sweden along with Finland and Denmark were pushing glass making forward with the studio glass movement. Baxter took his influences from these Scandinavian designs and combined them with his own contemporary ideas to create a balance between the traditional look and more modern designs using rich, solid colours and strong shapes which in turn put Whitefriars Glass and British glass making back on the map.

Baxter went on to drive the company forward through the 1960’s and 70’s and give it a completely new lease of life. Baxter is probably most famous for his Textured Range launched in 1967. He produced the moulds for this new innovative design at home in his garage. Using found materials such as tree bark, nails, coiled wire, washers and metal scraps, he lined the moulds so that when the glass was blown into them a textured feel was created on the outside. Baxter’s own favourite design was the Cube Vase (or drunken bricklayer) made by using irregular slabs of glass put together to make blocks on top of each other.

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