Susie Cooper was one of the most prolific and successful ceramic designers, whose career spanned over 7 decades and encompassed the iconic periods of the 20th-century, including the ever popular Art Deco handpainted patterns of the 1920s and early 1930s. Susie Cooper items always generate a lot of interest at auction, particularly from the Asian market.
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Susie Cooper Facts
- The ‘Leaping Deer’ mark can be found on earthenware by Susie Cooper and are most commonly are printed in brown, but also appear in green, pink, blue and black.
- One of the most recognisable tableware designs is the Kestrel that was introduced in 1932 and carried on in production until 1964. Wedgwood celebrated an exhibition at the V&A Museum in 1987 by re-introducing three Kestrel breakfast sets.
- Before establishing her own pottery in 1929, Susie worked as a painter and designer at A E Gray & Co, producing hand-painted floral designs for the firm.
The History of Susie Cooper Pottery
Susie Cooper was a local lady, born in October 1902 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, and was the youngest of seven children. A contemporary of Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper, Susie developed an interest in drawing at an early age, and 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.
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