New Ashgate Gallery : Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus

  •  The Gallery outside

    The Gallery outside

  •  Virginia Graham

    Virginia Graham

  •  Ingrid Saag

    Ingrid Saag

  •  Katharina Klug

    Katharina Klug

  •  Julie Massie

    Julie Massie

  •  Alex McCarthy

    Alex McCarthy

Amy Cooper - organic slipcast and beautifully manipulated porcelain lighting. Private view: 17 November 2017, 6-8pm

Amy Cooper's work is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. Her designs address the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, utilising the transformative properties of light with porcelain. She explores a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. Amy is intrigued by the endless variations in nature and the idea of an ongoing evolutionary process of adaptation.
 
All the pieces are initially slipcast in porcelain and they are treated in one of two ways: to create the ‘Illustrated Range' the pieces are 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.
 
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 work is fired to 1250 °C in an electric kiln.
 
Amy Cooper Ceramics is a Cornwall, UK based company designing and making unique porcelain lighting. Established over 14 years ago we have supplied a number of prestigious retailers including the National Trust, House of Fraser and the V&A shop as well as exhibiting extensively in the UK and overseas. She lives in Cornwall with my husband who is also my business partner and our two children. We work from our studio at home.

Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)