Bret Bortner is pleased to announce the publication of FORM: Essence and Simplicity in Product Design the catalog he wrote and published to accompany the “Thirty Year Retrospective of Bret Bortner Design, Ltd.” hosted by the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan in March & April of 2012.
The catalog follows the evolution of Bret Bortner’s production pottery from its inception in a garage in Dundee, Illinois in 1982, through its peak years shipping a million dollars a year to retail stores around the country, including its biggest buyer, Crate & Barrel.
It includes early work from 1965 through 1981 and features his terra cotta and stoneware designs along with the ceramic and wood table lamps he produced. It also includes many of the white porcelain tabletop items he designed for BIA Cordon Bleu.
It offers a behind the scenes look into the world of product design, mass production, and marketing and is a fascinating narrative of the company’s history as well as a personal account of those things that influenced the designer’s work and helped him form his own “design mantra.” The 136 page catalog, including 32 color plates and 21 black and white images is available through this website for $20.00 (plus Priority Mail shipping within the continental United States).