Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper is fascinated by the persistence of artefacts and ideas. He often uses found objects, such as pottery shards from the Thames foreshore, in a collage way as a starting point for his work.

Historical objects spark ideas and Cooper is interested in the juxtaposition of contemporary ideas with the past, updating, upcycling and acknowledging story telling through surface pattern, surfaces and imagery.

Born

  • 1949 Sheffield

Education

  • 1979-82 MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
  • 1969-72 BA (Hons) Interior Design, Kingston upon Thames College of Art, Surrey

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019 Collect, with Officine Saffi, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2018 Group Show, Monte Lupo, Italy
  • 2018 Camberwell, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford
  • 2018 Collect, with Officine Saffi, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2017 Lost and Found, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, Oxford
  • 2017 Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London
  • 2017 Collect, with Officine Saffi, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2016 Open competition, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
  • 2015 Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2015 London Craft Week, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2015 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2014 Chawan, Japanese Embassy, London
  • 2014 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2013 Solo show, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
  • 2013 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2012 Maggs Beneath the Covers, Maggs Bros Antiquarian Booksellers, London (ACE funded project)
  • 2012 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2011 Tea for Two, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
  • 2011 It’s What’s on the Surface that Counts?, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Gwent, Wales
  • 2011 International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales
  • 2011 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2010 Reclaim!, The New School House Gallery, York
  • 2009 In the Vanguard, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2008 Material Difference, Rochester Art Gallery, Kent
  • 2007 Hue, Line & Form, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2007 The Ron Wornick Ceramic Collection, Boston Museum of Modern Art, USA
  • 2007 Solo Show, Metre Square Gallery, Quay2, Peckham, London
  • 2005 Group Show, Clay Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2001 World Ceramic Exposition, Korea
  • 2000 Firing Imagination Ceramica Britanica, British Council travelling exhibition, Brazil

Selected Publications

  • 2017 Mudlarking Masterclass, Ceramic Review, no. 287
  • 2013 Robert Cooper, La Ceramica magazine, Italy
  • 2012 Workshop guide to Ceramics, Duncan Hooson, Anthony Quinn
  • 2012 Tea for Two exhibition catalogue, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
  • 2011 Ceramics: tools and techniques for the contemporary maker, Louisa Taylor, Jacqui Small, London
  • 2011 A Playful Improviser, David Whiting, Ceramic Review, no. 249, May/June
  • 2010 Contemporary British Studio Ceramics, Annie Carlano, Mint Museum, Charlotte, USA
  • 2001 Joined Up Thinking, Pam Johnson, Ceramic Review
  • 2000 Firing Imagination Ceramica Britanica exhibition catalogue, British Council
  • 1996 Fletcher Challenge exhibition catalogue, Auckland Museum, New Zealand
  • 1995 Profile, Studio Pottery, Oct/Nov
  • 1994 High Table, Alison Britton, Crafts, March/April
  • 1989 Change and Metaphor, Angus Suttie, Kunsthandwerk, May/June
  • 1983 Fire and Smoke, Angus Suttie, Crafts, no. 65

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