AmyCooperCeramics

Bespoke, handmade, porcelain lighting from Cornwall

Truro, England | 315 Sales

AmyCooperCeramics

Bespoke, handmade, porcelain lighting from Cornwall

Truro, England 315 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(71)

Announcement   Amy Cooper Ceramics is a Cornwall, UK based partnership, we design and hand make unique porcelain lighting. Established 15 years ago, our ranges include contemporary and unique lamps, lampshades and tea light holders.
The work is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. My designs address the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, utilising the transformative properties of light with porcelain.
The work is created through an elaborate series of processes and techniques. All the pieces are initially slipcast in porcelain, they are then treated in one of two ways.
To create The Illustrated Range they are bisque fired before a painstakingly hand-cut paper stencil is applied. After which the piece is sandblasted until the design stands proud. The stencil is removed before high firing which allows the inherent translucency of the porcelain to create a soft silhouette visually as well as texturally. Finally, they are diamond polished before being wired up.
Alternatively, the pieces are manipulated when soft out of the mould, bumps and dents are coaxed up through the still malleable clay. The piece is then allowed to dry out before being fettled, sponged and bisque (low) fired. After bisque the pieces are wet sanded to create a lovely blemish free surface and either glazed with a crawling glaze that creates a texture like cracked earth or left naked to be diamond polished after a second (high) firing. All my work is currently fired to 1250°C in an electric kiln.
All the designs have been professionally tested and are certified as compliant with all relevant electrical safety standards.

Announcement

Last updated on 15 Aug, 2018

Amy Cooper Ceramics is a Cornwall, UK based partnership, we design and hand make unique porcelain lighting. Established 15 years ago, our ranges include contemporary and unique lamps, lampshades and tea light holders.
The work is inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. My designs address the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, utilising the transformative properties of light with porcelain.
The work is created through an elaborate series of processes and techniques. All the pieces are initially slipcast in porcelain, they are then treated in one of two ways.
To create The Illustrated Range they are bisque fired before a painstakingly hand-cut paper stencil is applied. After which the piece is sandblasted until the design stands proud. The stencil is removed before high firing which allows the inherent translucency of the porcelain to create a soft silhouette visually as well as texturally. Finally, they are diamond polished before being wired up.
Alternatively, the pieces are manipulated when soft out of the mould, bumps and dents are coaxed up through the still malleable clay. The piece is then allowed to dry out before being fettled, sponged and bisque (low) fired. After bisque the pieces are wet sanded to create a lovely blemish free surface and either glazed with a crawling glaze that creates a texture like cracked earth or left naked to be diamond polished after a second (high) firing. All my work is currently fired to 1250°C in an electric kiln.
All the designs have been professionally tested and are certified as compliant with all relevant electrical safety standards.

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Company background
Amy Cooper Ceramics is a Cornwall, UK based partnership, we design and make unique porcelain lighting.
Established 15 years ago we have supplied a number of prestigious retailers including The National Trust, House of Fraser and the V&A shop as well as exhibiting extensively in the UK and overseas. We work from our studio at home near Truro in Cornwall. Our ranges include contemporary and unique lamps, lampshades and tea light holders.
All the designs have been professionally tested and are certified as compliant with all relevant electrical safety standards.

Inspiration
I am inspired by nature, stories and marvellous natural objects. My work is fuelled by glimpses of the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight. My designs address the fragility and transience of life and the natural world, utilising the transformative properties of light with porcelain. I explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. I am intrigued by the endless variations in nature and the idea of an ongoing evolutionary process of adaptation.
Technical Information
The work is created through an elaborate series of processes and techniques. All the pieces are initially slipcast in porcelain, they are then treated in one of two ways.
To create The Illustrated Range they are bisque fired before a painstakingly hand-cut paper stencil is applied. After which the piece is sandblasted until the design stands proud. The stencil is removed before high firing which allows the inherent translucency of the porcelain to create a soft silhouette visually as well as texturally. Finally they are diamond polished before being wired up.
Alternatively, the pieces are manipulated when soft out of the mould, bumps and dents are coaxed up through the still malleable clay. The piece is then allowed to dry out before being fettled, sponged and bisque (low) fired. After bisque the pieces are wet sanded to create a lovely blemish free surface and either glazed with a crawling glaze that creates a texture like cracked earth or left naked to be diamond polished after a second (high) firing. All my work is currently fired to 1250°C in an electric kiln.
All the designs have been professionally tested and are certified as compliant with all relevant electrical safety standards.

Shop members

  • Amy Cooper

    Owner, Designer, Maker

Production partners

  • Sam F Walsh Furniture

    Redruth, England

    Samuel F Walsh Furniture designs and manufactures fine furniture for exhibition in galleries. This furniture is both sculptural and functional. Sams personal designs draw inspiration from landscapes, particularly those of Cornwall where he grew up.

Local

Find AmyCooperCeramics at the following upcoming market!

  • Etsy Made Local St Ives
    St Ives Guildhall
    Street-an-Pol
    ST IVES, CORNWALL

    30 Nov.–02 Dec.

    Etsy Made Local St Ives is part of the Etsy Made Local nationwide initiative with events taking place nationwide over the first weekend in December. Organised by a team of local Etsy sellers, there will be 40 stalls selling high quality products and gifts, live music & cocktails on Friday night and a pop up cafe on Saturday and Sunday. This year's focus will be on sustainable and plastic free products. FREE ENTRY. Children, Dog and buyers friendly.

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Last updated on 23 Aug, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

Yes! I am more than happy to offer customisation and personalised orders, including personal messages and inscriptions, please contact me for more information.

Wholesale availability

Please contact me on amy@amycooperceramics.co.uk to discuss.

How do I clean it?

If you have a textured lamp the best way to clean it is with a dry paintbrush or with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. If it is a smooth piece wet wipes are very effective. Tealights should be washed with hottest tap water and wiped with kitchen paper to remove any waxy residues.

How do I change the bulb?

The lampfittings are attached to the inside of the bung in the back. Simply ease the bung out from the back of the lamp, unscrew the bulb and replace with a similar bulb.

What bulb do I need?

All lamps have a sticker indicating what bulb they were supplied with, please replace with the same or similar.

Can I have a US fitting?

Yes please ask at time of ordering.

Can I have a EU fitting?

Yes please ask at time of ordering.

Is it very fragile?

The work is made from high fired porcelain which is a very strong material by nature, these lamps are much stronger than they look!

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