Susie Cooper

(1902—1995) potter

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(b Burslem, Staffs, 29 Oct 1902; d Douglas, Isle of Man, 28 July 1995). English ceramics designer and manufacturer. She joined A. E. Gray & Co. Ltd (Hanley) in 1922, initially on a work placement. At Gray's Pottery she had her own backstamp, designing surface patterns in lustre pigments and enamel colours for the white ware that Gray's bought in and decorated. Frustrated by the limitation of not being able to conceive the form and the pattern as a whole, Susie Cooper left Gray's in 1929 to start her own hand-painting ceramic decorating business in rented rooms at the George Street Pottery, Tunstall. By 1932 she was designing her own shapes, which were being made for her at Wood & Sons, Burslem, where she had her own production unit called Crown Works. The earthenware tableware body shapes of the 1930s were named after birds—‘Kestrel’, ‘Curlew’ (both c. 1932) and ‘Falcon’ (c. 1937). A few figures and some vases and plates with moulded surface designs were also made during this decade. By the mid-1930s she was exporting ware to Europe, Scandinavia and Australia and employed a workforce of 70-100 people.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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