CAGEYCREATIONS: Pottery & Sculpture by Keith Gordon
I first learned about clay from my mother Mildred Gordon who was a professional potter in the D.C. area; helping in her studio, building wheels, building and firing kilns, hauling clay and mixing glazes. After I started throwing on the wheel in 1971, I was Olin Russum's class assistant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I have studied ceramics at Fairmont State College, Westchester Art Workshop, Belle Levine Art Center, Garrison Art Center, and attended workshops at Peters Valley, Sugar Maples, Clay Art Center, Rockland Center for the Arts, Kissimmee River Pottery, Clay Art Center and Touchstone Crafts Center. I am forever learning new techniques and hope this is how my art experience remains for the rest of my life in clay.
In my work, I strive to express the plasticity of clay in ways that bring delight and sometimes surprise. My work is a mix of functional stoneware, figurative and abstract sculpture and tiles. In my home studio, I fire my oxidation work in an electric kiln and my reduction work in a propane kiln. I also fire non-functional work in a raku kiln. I enjoy making things that people can use daily as well as objects that enhance where we live and work. These include tile hallway floors, ceramic sinks, chimney caps, house numbers, tile tables, vases, planters, dishes, etc.
I established the ceramics program and am Studio Manager at the Cedar Lane Arts Center in Ossining, NY, where I teach adult ceramics classes. I have also taught adults at Pelham Art Center and Five Star Premier Assisted Living. I serve as an officer of the Ossining Arts Council and Hudson River Potters.