Alasdair and Rish are considered Australia’s most eminent glass artists. They are members of peak industry bodies, such as Ausglass, FORM and Craft Australia. Alasdair is a Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers, London, an honorary position which confirms his international reputation for excellence. Underpinning the Gordon’s practice is a commitment to the continuation of glass-craft, and making the medium accessible to emerging practitioners. In the Gordon Studio there are young artists keen to know about traditional engraving techniques, including artists working under formal mentoring arrangements. But, together with Katharine Coleman [U.K.] Alasdair remains greatly concerned about the general lack of interest in wheel engraving.
In 2007, Rish and Alasdair were nominated by FORM W.A. as Living Treasures. In their presentation, Jaime Phillips said “After 60 years of creative practice, the Gordons have won acclaim across the globe for their intricate designs and masterful use of the world’s rarest glassmaking techniques "……we commend their achievements, and are proud to have artists of such caliber in our state.” Interestingly, two of the Gordon children are also renowned glass artists. Eileen Gordon has established a considerable reputation as a glassblower and her brother Kevin Gordon, has an international reputation for his contemporary glass sculptural surface decoration.
The Gordons view their studio as a hub for communication, visual exploration and knowledge-sharing with other artists.