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J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics

Amy Cooper

Amy Cooper is a Cornwall based designer and maker of unique porcelain

lighting.

I 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.

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. Theoretically Amy

Cooper Ceramics is a one woman show although I have a lot of help from

my ‘lovely assistant’ and husband, Gareth, who works with me full time

making pots and looking after our two children.

Design Details, Materials and Processes

My current porcelain range includes table lamps, wall and ceiling lamps

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.

Amy Cooper’s website

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