Robert Cooper often uses found objects, such as pottery shards from the Thames foreshore, which are imbued with a previous life and function, as a starting point for his work. He has, for many years, employed recycling as a mode of working. Different elements such as clays, oxides and glazes left over from teaching sessions, discontinued ceramic transfers and even pieces of previous work are recombined to create new narratives with multiple meanings.
His Candlesticks are made from eclectic pieces of Victorian detritus - clinker, cup-handles, teapot lids, gilded spouts - found on the south bank of the Medway Estuary.
The Surface Decorated Vessels are visual and physical narratives using gestural mark-making, silk-screen printing and photographic ceramic transfers.
Robert studied Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in the early 1980s and has exhibited regularly ever since.
You can see more of his work here: http://robertcooper.net/