Amy Cooper FSDC

Ceramics

About Amy
Amy addresses the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, through the transformative properties of light on porcelain. She explores a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. Amy works with her husband Gareth as Amy Cooper Ceramics.
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Amy works with her husband Gareth to create organic porcelain forms for subtle illumination.

Amy is inspired by light, life and stories, marvellous natural objects and everyday silhouettes made magical by the light. The work is largely slip cast porcelain, but each piece is individually altered, either through manipulation when plastic or painstakingly masked and sandblasted at bisque. Pieces range from miniature to monumental.

Amy has experience in running workshops and community projects and making large scale brickworks

As Amy Cooper Ceramics, Gareth and Amy make, draw inspiration and dream from their garden studio on the beautiful Tresillian River near Truro in Cornwall. They were both born and raised in sunny Cornwall and got together as teenagers. After years of adventure and education they made their home there again.

Amy studied Art foundation at Falmouth School of Art and Design followed by B.A.(First Class Honours) in Art and Design (Ceramics and Sculpture), at the University of Wolverhampton. Gareth was a landscape gardener with Cornish clay in his blood. He joined Amy Cooper Ceramics officially in 2008 after they became parents although he has been instrumental in the business from day one.

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Amy studied Art foundation at Falmouth School of Art and Design followed by B.A.(First Class Honours) in Art and Design (Ceramics and Sculpture), at the University of Wolverhampton.

She is a a member and Trustee of Cornwall Crafts Association, an associate member of The Craft Potters Association and a member of The Westcountry Potters Association. She was awarded fellowship of The Society Of Designer Craftsmen in 2006.


Amy has won many awards for her work including The Guild of Ten Award for Innovation and Making, The Craft and Design Award at Made Bloomsbury and The WOW Award at The British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate.


Publications featuring her work include:

  • British Studio Potters' Marks: Bloomsbury Academic; 3rd Edition
  • Illuminate: Contemporary Craft Lighting, by Hannah Nunn, published by A & C Black Ltd.
  • Advanced Pottery by Linda Bloomfield published by Robert Hale Ltd.
  • Colour in Glazes by Linda Bloomfield published by A & C Black
  • Firing: Philosophies within Contemporary Ceramic Practice, David Jones The Crowood Press
  • Ceramics with Mixed Media, by Joy Bosworth published by A & C Black.

She has experience in running workshops and community projects and making large scale brickworks.

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