November 17, 1925 -July 12, 2016
Brooklyn, NYC, NY
Both of these works were created as part of a demo series that Cooper had done for his students here at Chases Garage. Each week he and the students picked a different ceramicist and Cooper chose to share a technique of what they are known for. These particular pieces aren’t just using techniques to create a new piece of work-they are direct copies, a master study mimicking form and finish. Though these were crafted by Cooper’s own hands, he feels he cannot sell them considering the visual representations belong to other artists.
What is most interesting and perplexing is to consider Tiffany Hilton’s mug. It is a functional piece. A mug. With specific glazing techniques and style, does this mug belong to her independently? Who owns the shape of a mug? Does anyone? Mugs, vessels, ceramics of all varieties have been created for centuries across time and history. Can we ever create something new? Can we adapt and evolve what we’ve seen or created before and claim it as our own creation?
These are certainly important questions to ask as an artist, especially as one who creates work to be sold for profit.