Gordon Forsyth was born in Fraserburgh and attended the Gray’s School of Art, in Aberdeen. He went o to study at Royal College of Art.
He moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1903, and became art director of Minton Hollins & Co., tileworks. This began a career which spanned over forty years and left an indelible mark on the ceramic industry of North Staffordshire.
In 1906 he moved to take the same position at Pilkington’s Tile & Pottery Company, near Manchester. He returned to Pilkington’s after service in the First World War. Then, in 1920, he became Superintendent of Art Instruction in Stoke-on-Trent, a role which involved responsibility for several art schools.
Forsyth was the tutor of a number of notable students at the Burslem School of Art including Susie Cooper, Glyn Colledge, Clarice Cliff, Charlotte Rhead, Arthur Berry, and Mabel Leigh.
At that time, Forsyth was described as a pottery designer, educator and writer, and one of the main spokespersons on industrial pottery design.