cambridge contemporary art

Amy Cooper

Amy Cooper Ceramics is a Cornwall, UK based company designing and making unique porcelain lighting. The work is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. My designs address the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, utilising the transformative properties of light with porcelain. I explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. I am intrigued by the endless variations in nature and the idea of an ongoing evolutionary process of adaptation.

The work is created through an elaborate series of processes and techniques. All the pieces are initially slipcast in porcelain, they are then treated in one of two ways.

To create The Illustrated Range the pieces are bisque fired before a painstakingly hand-cut paper stencil is applied. After which the piece is sandblasted until the design stands proud, The stencil is removed before high firing which allows the inherent translucency of the porcelain to create a soft silhouette visually as well as texturally. Finally they are diamond polished before being wired up.

 Alternatively, the pieces are manipulated when soft out of the mould, bumps and dents are coaxed up through the still malleable clay. The piece is then allowed to dry out before being fettled, sponged and bisque (low) fired. After bisque the pieces are wet sanded to create a lovely blemish free surface and either glazed with a crawling glaze that creates a texture like cracked earth or left naked to be diamond polished after a second (high) firing. All my work is currently fired to 1250 °C in an electric kiln.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. 

Woodland Lamps

Slip cast, sandblasted and diamond polished porcelain. 

34x10cm, 15x7.5cm and 44x13cm.

Image by Paul Mounsey

 Three Urchins

Slip cast and manipulated porcelain with crawling glaze. 

15 and 17cm

Image by Paul Mounsey


Slip cast, sandblasted and diamond polished porcelain. 

12cm and 18cm across

Image by Paul Mounsey

 Pollen and Urchin Lamp

Slipcast and manipulated porcelain with crazed glaze

18cm and 15cm across

Image by Paul Mounsey


'Original Urchin

Slip cast and manipulated porcelain with crawling glaze. 

12cm across

Image by Paul Mounsey

Monarch Moons Tea Light Holders

Slipcast, masked and sandblasted porcelain, unglazed