Gordon Perry

Expression of forms in evolution.

In my industrial design work I generally follow the concept of form follows function but in my clay work it’s reversed, form comes before function even though much of my clay work is functional. I like to embellish the form and let the form speak to me. As a medium clay provides me that opportunity, I create vessels, objects and teapots that embody a dynamic, visual tension that expresses an intensely personal vision. The goal I set for myself is that my ceramic art work communicates a sense of feeling; whether it’s exuberance, peace or intrigue and that it points to its next evolution. Evoking an emotional response from the viewer means I’ve achieved success.

When I shape the clay it’s primarily about process and seeing, the finished pieces are wonderful to me and they must meet my goals, but basically, they just sort of happen. The reason I experience it that way is because I create the shape of each piece as I’ve got the clay in my hands. I spend a great deal of time on each piece and it’s the process of making and understanding what I’m doing that is important to me. When I’m into the development of the piece I love getting the relationships just so; the surfaces complimenting the relationships, working out the details of how one form fits up against another, looking at what’s there and moving the forms so the spaces feel right. While I’m doing this I access my early training with Rowena Reed Kostellow and remember a joyous time in my life; a time of discovery and discipline; of unearthing a deep talent unbeknownst to me. When I have a tool or the clay in my hand I feel complete, I’m having fun, it’s the best time there is.

As an artist I’ve created the pieces that are shown on this website. As principal of my industrial design firm, Gordon Randall Perry Design, my designs and viewpoints have appeared in the books: American Design, Burridge Index, Gadgets, Marketing for the Small Design Firm, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design, Power Packaging and Product Design 2, 4, 5 and 6, as well as in the publications Attenzione, Bon Appetit, Contract, Dentaltown, Digital Arts, Family Fun, Gourmet Today, HFD, ID, Interior Design, Interiors, Metropolitan Home, Modern Office Technology, Packaging Digest, PC Magazine, PC Week, PC World, Plastics Design Forum, R&D Magazine, Sports Merchandiser, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Today’s Office, Tools and Wireless Week. I served as editorial consultant to Interiors magazine for an issue featuring office automation and was a guest designer on the TV program ‘Invention hunters’ and as an expert on the TV program ‘All American Makers’.

I hold both a Master and a Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree from Pratt Institute. Subsequent to Pratt I studied with Paolo Soleri at the Soleri Architectural Workshop. I held the rank of full professor at Pratt, having taught design part-time for 14 years on the graduate and undergraduate levels. I also taught at Parsons for several years which is where I started creating ceramic pieces. My ceramic work has been shown in various exhibitions and galleries. I was born on the West coast but raised in Palisades Park, right outside of New York City, my current home. My studio is located in Greenwich Village at 121 West 3rd Street., New York, NY 10012.

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