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Post by andywooders on Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:51 pm

Susie Cooper was one of the most important women designers in the British pottery industry. Underpinning her career was an understanding of customer taste and the latest trends in contemporary art gently mixed with an English restraint that made her work so popular.

During the twenties she worked as a designer at A.E. Gray introducing a wide range of new patterns based on the limitations and possibilities of both hand painted decoration and the skills of the work force. Designs included geometric and banded patterns alongside a number of Gloria Lustre patterns which were exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and a year later at the Exposition Des Arts Decoratifs et Industrials Modernes in Paris in 1925.

In 1929 Susie Cooper had set up her own factory with the intention to introduce good design for those people with more taste than money strongly believing that one should not have to pay for style.
She introduced a range of practical and functional shapes such as Kestrel 1932.

In 1940 Susie Cooper was awarded the honour of Royal Designer for Industry, the only woman from the potteries to be awarded such recognition. During the early fifties she had moved into bone china production with some being shown at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Her Can shape, from 1958, was used for a number of successful patterns such as Cornpoppy. In 1966 Susie Cooper Ltd., were taken over by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd. She was awarded the honour of receiving an Order of the British Empire.

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Any Susie Cooper experts?

Post by Alex_s on Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:53 am

I'm not really keen on Susie Cooper overall, but I really like this little chap. Can't identify the pattern though. Anyone know? It's got 1165 on the base, which puts it at 1939-40 I believe.



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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by big ed on Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:02 am

Dunno the pattern , but Kestrel shape

http://www.susiecooper.net/shapes.html

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Susie Cooper - age?

Post by brin mcardle on Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:47 pm

Any idea of the age of this..and the pattern...presumably a small serving tureen




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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by studio-pots on Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:30 pm

I think that it's a version of "Dresden Spray" that she introduced in 1935. There were variations of this pattern introduced at later dates - is there a number under Susie Cooper England, as that would help? The pattern was popular and continued to be produced until around 1960.

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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by brin mcardle on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:26 pm

As requested


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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by studio-pots on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:36 pm

Although the number in the box looks like 1917 I think that it is 1017, which was one of the original variations that was introduced in 1935, with a "blue/green wash"

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Susie Cooper but when ?

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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by big ed on Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:11 pm

Marks like this were used from 1932 -1965

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Post by studio-pots on Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:22 pm

The pattern number (painted in black) is from late 1931/early 1932 so you can be fairly certain that we are talking 1932.

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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by vhb64 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:34 pm

Wow ! Thank you both very much !
Bought about 15 years ago, style 1930s but I was always afraid it could be
a late reproduction, marks until 1965 as suspected.
But iīm happy to read that we are talking 1932 due to the pattern number.

Thanks again. Much appreciated !
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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by studio-pots on Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:11 pm

Some patterns were in production for many years but even they tended to vary slightly and those patterns were the stylised flower ones rather than geometric patterns, which had a much shorter life. I can't imagine that it was in production for more than 2 or 3 years.

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Post by Davee on Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:26 pm

I love these cubist designs by Susie Cooper, IMO far superior to anything that Clarice Cliff was producing at the time.

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Re: Susie Cooper 1902-1995

Post by big ed on Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:31 pm

"it looks in remarkable [suspicious] condition for an 80 yr old piece " (Big ED) , thatīs what i think.
Apologies, Bid Ed, for destroying your post . Do you mind writing it again ?
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Post by studio-pots on Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:37 pm

I don't tell everyone this (until now) but the first pottery that I ever collected was Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper. The innocence of youth. Cheeky

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