Seattle-born Sue Baldwin started her pottery business, Olympic Pottery, about 37 years ago. Her studio on Bainbridge Island, Washington, has a view of the incredible Olympic Mountains. She has filled orders from museums and gift shops and companies like Nordstrom and Harry and David. In 2000, she joined the Verksted Gallery, a cooperative art gallery in Poulsbo, Washington and is a featured ceramic artist there.
One of the handbuilt pottery pieces Sue Baldwin is known for is kimonos like this one. Made of a rough tan clay, it's gorgeously decorated, with impressed Japanese maple leaves, a carved seafoam green obi (sash) and ribbons of metallic gold. The piece stands 10 1/4 inches tall, measures 8 1/2 inches across the sleeves and has an oval base 5 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. It weighs 2 pounds, 10 ounces and it's in excellent condition, with no wear that we can discern.
Hand signed on the bottom "S. Baldwin," it's also marked with an impressed cypher, with an appropriately Asian design, on both the lower front and the back of the robe. It's a delightful piece of art pottery sculpture from a talented ceramic artist.