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Sally Cooper on motherhood and potting

by Jane Lampe |

We've been working with Sally Cooper of @cooperandclay for quite a long time now. Sally lives around the corner from our former studio in Barcom Ave. We got talking when she was walking past once, and that conversation led to a great little ongoing collaboration.
Sally works out of Claypool in Botany, and for some years, has exclusively created beautiful vases which have always been the perfect compliment to our flowers, in amazing shapes and colours, not to mention cups, mugs, and more recently our gorgeous candles!!
We spoke to Sally about her career, and with mother's day around the corner, motherhood.

1. What have you done throughout your working career, and how did you end up making ceramics?

I have always worked in the arts. I ran the Remo Design Gallery back in the day before opening a 20thC Decorative Arts shop with my partner. After the GFC the market for good vintage pieces dwindled and I needed to throw my energy into something creative. I had collected good ceramics from the likes of George Jouve and Constance Spry but had a real yearning to make for myself. It wasn’t easy having a well honed eye but not the technique to make it so I went to the National Art School to get back to basics.

2. Tell us a bit about what you do with ceramics, where you work, and who with?

I opened the Claypool Studio in 2013 with 3 other potters, I am a firm believer in surrounding yourself with talented people. From its humble beginnings we have developed into a wonderful family with an established studio in Botany. Myself, Brett Stone and Cherie Peyton are the directors and we have a membership of over 60 potters, from exhibiting artists to talented hobbyists. The space is inspiring and supportive and truly a happy place.

3. What do you love most about making ceramics. and who/what has influenced your work with ceramics the most? 

Working with clay on the wheel is meditation for me. I find it a breathing discipline that keeps me focused and in the present. I love the process of making and the possibilities seem to be infinite when you centre that ball of clay. I would be hard pressed to pin point my influences, I have had years of training my aesthetic when I had a shop. Instead I am inspired by the spirit and companionship of other potters. They are a generous tribe.

Some of Sally's most recent creations

4. How have you balanced motherhood with your working life, and how have the two impacted each other?

My daughters are grown up now. I struggled to find the time for myself in the thick of parenting and running a business. I am not sure I could have found the space either though it probably would have given me some balance. They are now the happy recipients of my bowls and like only to eat out of a hand made piece. Now that is success.

Sally's exclusive pieces are made specifically for Floreat customers. Her unique ceramic vases are a gorgeous styling piece and the perfect fit for Floreat bouquets, which we often sell together. Our new range can be found in our online store here

Get in touch today if you'd like to order as a gift for Mother's Day. 









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