Posted 5 years ago
I am collecting a set of these pieces designed by Gerald Gulotta and Jack Prince. There is plenty of information on Gerald Gulotta on the net but it is difficult to find information about Jack Prince. I'd like to hear from anyone who might know more about this New York designer!
The colours of the Chromatics pieces are an invention of Jack Prince. The range was in ten tones of gold-brown, pink-lavender or grey-beige.
I've come across a series of designs that Jack Prince did for Block ceramics. The ceramics were produced by Bernarda Portugal, Langenthal in Switzerland and of course by Arzberg in (West) Germany in the seventies: the "Panton era". Harmony Sextet is a great series and there is another Transition Evolution that is interesting too.
But I have a preference for "1000 Chromatics".
Check out the Brooklyn Museum setting here:
I've been looking for more information on Jack Prince. I think he may have had a fabric design business in the 70's in New York - certainly someone by that name did work for Liberty's. Perhaps he branched out into ceramics with Gerald Gulotta?
The bowls I have here can be stacked with the saucers for the cups I have already shown. I note the concave and convex edges created by these pieces reflect the design of the glasses and cups. Gulotta's shapes were quite clever. I have seen some of the patent applications he made for his designs and they show a partnership between Gulotta and the Block family going back to 1966.