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Ann Marie Cooper

Emerging Artists

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Booth Number: 31




My ceramics are crafted from individually hand-rolled clay coils. I build my designs in reverse, placing each coil in or on a plaster or bisque mold--depending on my desired finished form. Once every coil is in place, I add a second layer of coils to lock together the first layer. This second layer of coils also provides a smooth back on wall hangings, or interior on bowls. Once the piece is dry enough to remove from the mold, I flip it over to see the results. Sometimes I crumple it up and return it to the clay bin, but most of the time I celebrate the one-of-a-kind success.

When the work is completely dry, I fire it in an electric kiln to Cone 06 (approx. 1800 degrees), which leaves the clay hard, but porous enough to accept glaze. Following this first, or “bisque” firing, I brush on glaze and then sponge it off, forcing it to pool amongst the coils. After a second firing to Cone 6 (approx. 2200 degrees), the work is vitrified and ready to be displayed—and used—with the glaze between the coils offering a dark sheen which highlights the coil-work. Serving ware is glazed with easy to clean, food safe materials.

I also participate in group wood-firings; an intense, several-day process which delivers very different results than the electric kiln.


Applications for our 2020 show are now closed.

For information on how to apply for our 2021 show, please visit our website on December 1st, 2020. For more information on our show application process see our How To Apply page.


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