Through my porcelain work I examine scale, detail and energy, creating organic forms for subtle illumination.
My pieces are largely inspired by natural spaces and objects. I am intrigued by the endless variations in nature and the idea of an ongoing evolutional process of adaptation. I am a coast dweller by choice and gather visual information from the precious things the sea offers up to us; the minutia we don’t usually see to the raw geology of an ocean ravaged cliff-face.
Available for lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Please see my website for further information.
Work Available from:
Coldharbour Gallery – 111 Coldharbour Rd, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7SD (01179 446244).
Cotehele House – St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA (01579 351346).
Eleven Middle Row – 11 Middle Row, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3AX (01342 410501)
Fenwick Gallery - 21 Castle St, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65 0UW (01665 711136)
Frivoli – 7a Devonshire Rd, Chiswick, London, W4 2EU (0208 7423255).
Pelham House Gallery – 74 High St, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AJ (01983 247715).
Pyramid Gallery – 43 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW (01904 641187).
Radiance – 58 Market St, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6AA (01422 845764).
Ramsgill Studio - Ramsgill, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5RL (01423 755098)
Terra Keramiek – Nieuwstraat 7, 2611 HK, Delft, Netherlands (0031 152 147072).
The Cornwall Crafts Association Gallery – Trelissick, Feock, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL (01872 864514)
Union Interiors – Union Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6NZ (01476 593388)
Yarmouth Gallery – Forsters Hall, High St, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PL (01983 761424).
Devon Guild of Craftsmen : MAKE 2014
November 22, 2014 to January 04, 2015
New Ashgate Gallery : Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus
November 22, 2014 to January 17, 2015
Penlee House Gallery and Museum : Cornwall Crafts Association - Christmas Fair
November 29, 2014 to January 10, 2015
My work is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. My work addresses the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, through the transformative properties of light on porcelain. I continue to explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion.
The work is created through an elaborate series of processes and techniques. All the pieces are initially slipcast in porcelain, they are then treated in one of two ways:
- They are either bisque fired before a painstakingly hand-cut paper stencil is applied. After which the piece is sandblasted until the design stands proud, The stencil is removed before high firing which allows the inherent translucency of the porcelain to create a soft silhouette visually as well as texturally. Finally they are diamond polished before being wired up.
- Alternatively, the pieces are manipulated when soft out of the mould, bumps and dents are coaxed up through the still malleable clay. The piece is then allowed to dry out before being fettled, sponged and bisque (low) fired. After bisque the pieces are wet sanded to create a lovely blemish free surface and either glazed with a crawling glaze that creates a texture like cracked earth or left naked to be diamond polished after a second (high) firing. All my work is currently fired to 1250 °C in an electric kiln.
All the designs have been professionally tested and are certified as compliant with all relevant UK and European electrical safety standards.
AmyI studied ceramics and sculpture as a mature student at the University of Wolverhampton. This came as a bit of a shock after growing up in Cornwall, but certainly made me appreciate my rural heritage.
After graduating with first class honours in 2002, I set up my studio in Brighton where I was particularly inspired by the dramatic Sussex coastline. I relocated to rural North Devon where I worked from my studio at home, this was both convenient and idyllic as I became a mum in 2008 and since then time and place have become even more important to me. I have recently moved back to Cornwall. My sources of inspiration and creative energy have become more focused on the domestic, my garden and the woods beyond.
2012-13: Everyday Encounters The William Morris Gallery, Walthamstowe
2012: Earth and Fire, International Ceramic Fair, Rufford Abbey Country Park
2012: Cornwall Design Fair, Trereife House, Penzance.
2003-2012: Art in Clay Farnham and Hatfield House
2003-2012: Oxford Ceramics Fair, St.Edwards School, Oxford.
2009: Appledore Visual Arts Festival, North Devon.
2008: ‘Art Forms From The Ocean’ The National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
2007: ‘Surreal Things’, V&A Museum, London.
2003 - 08: Ceramics In The City The Geffrye Museum, London.
2003 - 09: Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London.
2006 - 07: Origin, Somerset House, Strand, London,
2006: Internationale Kerameik Biennale, Brasschaat, Belgium.
2005: First Sight Craft Showcase, Hove Museum and Art gallery.
2005: Wish List, The Devon Guild Of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey.
2004:Empty, An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye.
2004:Keramiek door Delft (Ceramics through Delft) 2004, Delft, Netherlands.
2003: Talente, Munich, Germany.
2003: Setting Out, Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London.
2002: Young, Gifted and Broke, Artifex, Sutton Coldfield.
2007: Craftsman Magazine Award, Select British 2007.
2006: Awarded Fellowship of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
2004: WOW Award, British Craft Trade Fair.
2002: Selected for The Craft Potters Association Setting Out Exhibition.
2002: Craftsman Magazine Student Award, Art in Clay 2002.
2002: The Caparo Award for Creative Enterprise.
2002: The Craftline (Ceramics) Prize.
Illuminate Contemporary Lighting 2012 Hannah Nunn
Advanced Pottery, Linda Bloomfield, 2011
Firing: Philosophies Within Contemporary Ceramic Practice, David Jones, 2007
Ceramics With Mixed Media, Joy Bosworth, 2006
Craft Galleries Guide 08/09, Compiled by Caroline Mornement