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Ron Cooper, Robert Cooper

Biography to Display: 

1941Born Stockton, California

EDUCATION

1964BA Fine Arts, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

1967MA Ceramic Sculpture, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES

1969Independent Study, Nino Caruso, Rome, Italy

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1966–2000sArt Teacher, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, California

1968-1972Instructor, Ceramics, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California

1974-1975Instructor, Ceramics, College of Marin, Kentfield, California

1976-1977Graduate Lecturer, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

 

Ron Cooper is known for hand built stoneware or earthenware pottery and sculptural vessels. At times, surface decorations draw from graphics or commercially designed motifs.  According to Cooper, his sculptural vessels most often tend to “disguise” the vessel in a sculptural manner. Cooper uses a wide range of firing temperatures and glazes to complete his work. Throughout the course of his career, Cooper has maintained studios in one of several California cities, San Francisco, Los Altos, or Palo Alto.

Cooper was a student of Charles 'Bud' McKee at San Francisco State University. Under McKee, Cooper studied alongside Richard Shaw, Ron Nagle, Chris Unterseher, Stephen DeStaebler and many others who would go on to help shape California ceramics in the subsequent decades.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, California

Scripps College, Claremont, California

 

 

Typical Marks
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1986
1995
"Triangle"
Date: 1969
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.343, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.343, gift of American Ceramic Society
Mugs
Date: ca 1970s
Form: Mug
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar
Date: 1985
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.11, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.11, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Vessel
Date: 1985
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.21, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.21, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Vessel
Date: 1986
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.22, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 87.1.22, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vessel with Three Legs
Date: 1988
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 88.1.6, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 88.1.6, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Vessel
Date: 1988
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slip Cast, Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 88.1.3, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 88.1.3, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pitcher
Date: 1993
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Meyer Collection, 97.1.23, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Meyer Collection, 97.1.23, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Date: ca 1994
Materials: Earthenware
Surface Technique: Glaze, Luster
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 97.1.22, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 97.1.22, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 1995
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 98.1.5, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 98.1.5, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 1995
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 98.1.6, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 98.1.6, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vessel
Date: 1996
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 98.1.2, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 98.1.2, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plaque
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Raku
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 84.1.3, Scripps College
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, 84.1.3, Scripps College
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 19, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/cooper