Amy CooperImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Ivy Cottage, Tresillian , Truro, Cornwall, UK, TR2 4BA. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)7799 073014
Email:
Web-site: www.amycooperceramics.co.uk
Availability: By appointment only.
Last Updated: 2013-04-16

Current Work

Current Work

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.

Other Information:
Available for lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Please see my website for further information.

Work Available from:
Atelier – Contemporary Craft Gallery – 12 Tuly Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DH (01271 268244).
Coldharbour Gallery – 111 Coldharbour Rd, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7SD (01179 446244).
Cotehele House – St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA (01579 351346).
Frivoli – 7a Devonshire Rd, Chiswick, London, W4 2EU (0208 7423255).
Griffins Yard – North Road, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AZ (01769 574284 / 572372).
Nature in Art – Wallsworth Hall, A38, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA (01452 731422).
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).
Terra Keramiek – Nieuwstraat 7, 2611 HK, Delft, Netherlands (0031 152 147072).
Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery – Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JN (01892 554171).
Yarmouth Gallery – Forsters Hall, High St, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PL (01983 761424).

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Geffrye Museum, The : Ceramics in the City 2014
September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014

CPA Autumn Fair : Oxford Ceramics Fair 2014
October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014

Corn Exchange : Made 13, Brighton with ceramic art
November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014

Wonderworks : Wonderworks 2014
December 13, 2014 to December 14, 2014

Design Details, Materials and Processes

Design Details, Materials and Processes

My porcelain range includes table lamps, lampshades and tea-light holders. All my pieces are slipcast and individually altered and decorated, no two are exactly the same. My most recent work is inspired by my more immediate surroundings, the magic of a garden or woodland at twilight and dawn, as well as softly remembered animations from my childhood. I am trying to recreate an atmosphere that delights as well as unsettles a little, which suggests tales and secrets as well as familiarity.

Initially the pieces are slipcast, I have a selection of moulds to create different forms. To create my new designs the pieces are bisque fired and sanded to remove any imperfections. After the piece is sanded I apply a stencil I have made specifically for that form from an original drawing, attaching it to the work with glue. I have some loose elements which are also added, I sandblast the work until the areas that are covered by the stencil stand proud. The stencil is then removed, revealing the design. The pieces are fired to 1250 °C and diamond polished before being wired up.

Career Background

Career Background

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.

Company Background - Amy Cooper Ceramics was founded in 2003 with the support of the Princes Trust and is now based in beautiful Cornwall. - My work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Dubai, as well as extensively throughout the UK. 

Exhibitions History

Exhibitions History

2006: Designer Crafts @ Chelsea, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, London, SW3 5EE.
2006: Origin, Somerset House, Strand, London,
2003/4/5/6 Ceramics In The City The Geffrye Museum, London
2002/3/4/5/6: Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts.
2006: Internationale Kerameik Biennale, Brasschaat, Belgium
2003/5/6: Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London.
2005:First Sight Craft Showcase, Hove Museum and Art gallery.
2005:The Sea, The Platform Gallery, Lancashire.
2005: Wish List, The Devon Guild Of Craftsmen.
2004:Empty, An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye.
2004:Keramiek door Delft (Ceramics through Delft) 2004, Delft, Netherlands
2004: Light, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.
2003: Talente, Munich, Germany.
2003: Setting Out, Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London.
2002: Young, Gifted and Broke, Artifex, Sutton Coldfield.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Slip cast
Handbuilt
Lighting
Garden