Emmanuel Cooper, British potter and writer, died he was 73.
(1938 – 21 January 2012)
Cooper studied at the University for the Creative Arts. He also achieved a PhD degree at Middlesex University.
He is a member of the Crafts Council and is the editor of Ceramic Review. Since 1999, he has been visiting Professor of Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. He is the author of many books on ceramics including his definitive biography of Bernard Leach that was published in 2003 (Yale University Press) and is also the editor of The Ceramics Book, published in 2006.
As a potter, Emmanuel’s work falls into one of two general forms. In
the first his vessels are heavily glazed in a volcanic form. The
vessels, as a result of this heavy glazing, derive a lot of their appeal
from their varied and uneven textures. In their most simple form they
are very reminiscent of work by Lucie Rie.
In their more extravagant forms though the vessels can be banded or use
incredibly vivid colors to great effect including pink, vibrant yellow
and deep reds and blues. His other form of work is much simpler in style
using plain glazes, often in egg yolk yellow, occasionally spotted with
Emmanuel’s work can be found in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Scottish Museum, as well as in many private collections. He has been awarded an OBE for services to art. Emmanuel Cooper died peacefully on 21 January 2012.
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