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Susie Cooper Ceramics For Auction

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.

Potteries Auctions can identify and provide valuations on a wide range of Susie Cooper pieces.

Popular Susie Cooper Items at Auction

Lot 161
Susie Cooper deep red wave formed vase

Sold April 2021

Sale Price £300

Lot 694
A collection of Susie Cooper in various Geometric designs

Sold July 2022

Sale Price £480

Lot 695
A collection of Susie Cooper comprising coffee cans & saucers

Sold July 2022

Sale Price £240

Lot 696
collection of Susie Cooper Tea for Two set in Art Deco Geometric design

Sold July 2022

Sale Price £280

Lot 293
A collection of Susie Cooper crown works, Burslem dinnerware in the Dresden Spray design

Sold June 2017

Sale Price £70

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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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