Walter Gordinier

Walter Gordinier

Portland, OR, USA


Walter Gordinier is a celebrated sculptor with a highly diverse body of evidence based projects. He has worked for decades developing concepts along side all the project stakeholders. Walter has a long standing history for working all the players into the invention of ideas, approach, and project coordination, by incorporating a fluid art dialoge. Walter promotes the inclusion of the project Architects, Structural Engineers or can bring to the project his Architect/Structural Engineers. As a born innovator/collaborator and master of materials, Walter has continually experimented with new ideas and expansive directions to achieve authentic, proprietary, signature sculptures. By his own nature Walter has an intuitive ability to communicate progressive thinking and believes that a healthy project dialog gives birth to new, visually smart ideas that can utilize a selection of new materials. A genuine and very authentic example of a new material Walter developed for (SLAM ); THE STATE LIBRARY, ARCHIVES AND MUSEAUM in Juneau Alaska. In 2012 Walter added to his materials repertoire by developing a new art glass direction: Laminated - Structurally Dynamic Glass specifically for exterior installations. [- 70 degrees to a + 400 degrees. ] Knowing the weather conditions in Alaska Walter opted not to use his CAST GLASS, rather he decided to change the sciences of glass developing a new structurally laminated glass to be used outside in the worst weather conditions imaginable. Through his visual intelligence and aesthetical senses, Walter pairs his glass with stainless steel, cor-ten steel, stone, aluminum and granite producing proprietary/iconic sculptures. A profound experience happens when the project produces art/sculpture reactionary to the landscape design/architecture. Viewers experience a satisfying feeling of completeness, of welcoming, of ownership. The resulting art event will reflect/ project a complimentary reward of YES!- now this is beautiful! Walters work springs from collaborative words and thoughts, thrives with built exterior environments, Gardens and Interfaith Chapels. These SCULPTURAL CENTER PIECES should become immersed into place and venue, responsive to the client, the public, the setting. PROFESSIONAL 2017-2013: Developed / Invented laminated structurally dynamic art glass. Walter Introduced the concept and processes for stacking and laminating art glass panels, to yield a structurally dynamic glass object, impervious to weather conditions. This innovation also allows for very thick, very large glass panels to be installed outside. [– 70degrees to +400degrees ] 2017 -1994: Collaborating with: Architects, interior designers, engineers, Landscape Architects, Project Stakeholders, committees, community leaders, and fabricating – Installation specialists 2017 -1983: Interpreting architectural plans and contributing detailed artist renderings, virtual presentations, engineered drawings for project documents 2017 -1983: Clientele; Collectors, Corporations, Healthcare, Liturgical, Public Art, Universities, Private , Museums. 2017 -1983: Sculptural Land Art Events -Healing Gardens / Urban Plaza Design 2017- 1996: Landmark site- specific sculpture 2017- 1996: Functional Architectural Glass 2017- 1996: Architectural Glass 2017- 1996: Cast-Glass sculptural Glass 2017 -1982: Aerial Sculptures: [ 2-12 stories in height ] Conceiving, Fabricating, Installing modern suspended works of art for institutions and corporations through out the United States 2017 -1982: Artist built interior solutions that shape and define personal space and surrounds. 2017: Materials; Cast-Glass, Granite, Stone, Laminated Structurally Dynamic Glass, Metals, Water, Wood, Light, Color, Landscape. 2012: Walter introduced a diversity of new materials for building his concepts (see above) 1994:- AIA: Art +Architecture: At the AIA offices a temporary installation of aerial sculptures. Meant to demonstrate the dynamic results achieved through collaborative dialogue between Artist, Client, Architect and Community 1993: - AIA, ASID, IBD citation award for outstanding collaborative design and using conventional materials to yield highly innovative design with exceptional detailing 19992- I.E.S. Lighting Fundamentals, lecture series with Mark Ramsby [ the artists view of light ] 1989-1982- a collaborative partnership; our goal to conceive, define, fabricate, and install a new breed of modern atrium aerial sculpture. Personally researched and developed a new and higher standard for suspension cabling, mechanical brackets, construction processes and attachment hardware 2017-1975: Landscape Design; concept development, fabrication, installation for hardscape design features, plant selection and soft schematic layout


  • painting
  • casting
  • architectural/public
  • accept commissions
  • fusing/slumping
  • kilnforming


Business Name:
Walter Gordinier Studios LLC
3608 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202