Ann Eatwell wrote an extensive scholarly treatise on Gordon Forsyth which was published in The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the present, Number 13 (1989): 'Artists as Educators'. Her opening sentences read thus: "The distinguished career of Gordon Forsyth which spanned over forty years left an indelible mark on the ceramic industry of Staffordshire. It was there on the owners and managers of the factories, on their designers, craftsmen and decorators, and more importantly on the standard, quality, and achievement of British ceramic design between the wars".
A pupil of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen and then London's Royal College of Art, he became Art Director at Minton Hollins in Stoke-on-Trent and then took the same position at Pilkington Tile & Pottery near Manchester. His later work on Gloria Lustre for Gray's Pottery draws significant parallels with his Pilkington work. By 1920 he was back in Stoke-on-Trent in his most influential appointment: that of Superintendent of Art Instruction for Stoke-on-Trent City Art Schools.
It is possible that Forsyth and Gray first met in the Manchester area - Gray would still have been working at Stephensons when Forsyth joined Pilkingtons. Art and business interests may have brought them together then. However, they certainly developed a life-long friendship when they encountered each other through the Ceramic Society Art Section in the Potteries in 1919. In a long and candid letter dated 19th December 1950 to Gray, Forsyth writes:
Gordon M Forsyth - image from Art and Craft of the Potter,
GM Forsyth, 1934, courtesy Chapman & Hall