The pottery designer who changed the look of Wedgwood and whose work is even more valuable today.
Born 29th October 1902 in Stoke on Trent.
Died 28th July 1995.
In 1919, Susie enrolled at the Burslem School of Art. There, she initially studied typing but quickly transferred to a subject she truly loved - drawing classes. After a year, and because of the quality of her work, Susie was offered a scholarship on a full-time basis in September 1920. Susie's education eventually found her studying under the influence of Gordon Forsyth.
Intending to pursue a career in fashion, her application to the Royal College of Art, London was rejected because she was not currently working in a related industry. Gordon Forsyth suggested that Susie should work for a local potter, A.E.Gray in order to meet the college requirements.
In 1922 Susie joined A.E.Gray initially to train as a paintress. However she was soon promoted to resident designer.
In 1929, she set up her own company to satisfy her desire to explore her own ideas regarding ceramic design. Initially, problems with the supply of whiteware (undecorated pottery), led to a merger in 1932 with Wood & Sons. This partnership provided Susie with the whiteware of the quality she wanted.
By the late 30s, Susie’s company so so successful that it was supplying famous London stores like Harrods, Peter Jones, Selfridges, Heals and Waring & Gillow. Not only was her tableware cost effect but it was modern, functional and used innovative, experimental design.
The 50s and 60s saw Susie Cooper go from strength to strength, always as experimental as ever. She designed her ware to suit the changing fashions of the decades, ensuring her pottery always had both relevant style and appeal.
Susie died on 28th July 1995, and her legacy to the world of pottery was immense. She was known as an icon of design, and her work has endured over the years to become some of the most sought after ware in the modern era. Susie was, above all, a true example of determination and creative talent