Emmanuel Cooper

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Emmanuel Cooper (1938 – 2012) was a distinguished potter, former editor of Ceramic Review, Visiting Professor, Ceramic and Glass, at the Royal College of Art and Guest Curator of Applied Art, Tate St Ives.

‘My work is influenced by the urban city environment, by such things as hard, textured surfaces, by street lighting, traffic lights, endless movement and sense of urgency. Colours are those of roads, pavements and building, textures those we encounter in the metropolis. The pots are thrown on the wheel, but more recently they are hand-built by coiling. All the work is fired to 1260˚C in an electric kiln.’ – Emmanuel Cooper



1961 – 1962  Hornsey College of Art

1960 – 1961  Bournemouth College of Art

1958 – 1960  Dudley Training College

Ph D  Middlesex University 1996



Gwyn Hanssen, London studio, 1963, La Borne, France, 1970

Bryan Newman, Dulwich studio, 1964



Senior lecturer (associate) – Middlesex University 1974 – 1997

Visiting lecturer, Camberwell School of Art, Central/St Martins School of Art, Goldsmiths’ College, Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art, 2000-


AUTHOR (selected list)

Ten Thousand Years of Pottery, British Museum Press, London, 2000

Lucie Rie, (editor) Ceramic Review Publishing, London, 2002

Bernard Leach: Life and Work, Yale University Press, 2003.



2011 –  Beaux Arts, Bath

2009 –  Beaux Arts, Bath

2006 –  Beaux Arts, Bath

2004 –  Beaux Arts, Bath

2004 – Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

2003 – Fine Art Society

2002 – Ruthin Craft Centre

2002 – White Gallery, Hove

2000 – Galerie L, Hamburg

2000  – Beaux Arts, Bath

1996 –  Ruthin Crafts Centre (and continuing national tour)

1992  – Sense of Space: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

1990  – Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery

1990  – Southampton Art Gallery

1990  – New Work: Contemporary Ceramics, London

1989  – New Work: Leigh Gallery, London




Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Scottish Museum, Warwick University

Potteries Art Gallery and Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Williamson Art Gallery,

Aberystwyth Art Centre, Allen Galley, Alton, Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery

Cleveland Craft Centre, Philadelphia Museum of Art.