Susie Cooper was a local lady, born in October 1902 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Susie was the youngest of seven children and from an early age she developed an interest in drawing, she began her art education at the Burslem School of Art.
In 1922 Susie joined A.E. Gray & Co. Ltd, a ceramics firm as a means to gain entry to the Royal College of Art. Edward Gray discovered her talents as a painter and designer and she was soon producing her hand painted floral designs.
Six years later, in 1929, Susie left Gray’s to set up her own business, ‘Susie Cooper Pottery’ as she wanted to design ceramic shapes in addition to décor. Susie ran her own business until taken over by the Wedgwood Group in 1966. In 1940 she was awarded ‘Royal Designer for Industry,’ a distinction established by the British Royal Society of Arts. This is awarded to those who have achieved “sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry". Susie Cooper also received an OBE in 1979 for her contribution to the arts.
Susie Cooper was one of England’s most prolific and successful ceramic designers and her career spanned many years from the 1920s to the 1980s. She retired at the age of 80 and died on the Isle of Man in 1995. Her work has become highly sought after and valued by collectors.