During March I had the privilege of being asked to exhibit as part of the ‘Cooper’s Legacy’ at the Contemporary Ceramics gallery in London. From a personal point of view the exhibition was a great success. I had to hurriedly re-stock shelves towards the end of its run. That said just being involved was enough for me. The private view was packed and Felicity Aylieff gave a fantastic speech to open the show. A good time was had by all.
A leading potter, writer, critic, tutor and campaigner, Emmanuel Cooper (1938-2012) led a life powered by an energy and curiosity that left its mark on British crafts and visual arts. At the core of his life’s work was his love for pottery. He was both skilled maker and active advocate for ceramics, launching and editing the international magazine of contemporary and historical ceramic art, Ceramic Review in 1970. A passionate council member and one-time Chairman of The Craft Potter’s Association, he was also author of many key books on pottery.