Hans Coper 1920-1981
Hans Coper was an influential German-born British studio potter. He is strongly associated with Lucie Rie for their similar background as both being emigrated to UK and their close collaboration in work . His pots , however , were less conventional and more experimental and less colourful than Lucie Rie’s. Coper executed t hem all in stoneware, consisting mainly in tone of white, buff , brown , and black. His unique forms most immediately characterise his work which has a remarkable presence. Some are inspired by ancient Cycladic figures ; others are built up of such geometric forms as cylinders , discs , and cones . Strong , monumental whatever their size hey are, their impact is that of sculpture, and yet they are all vessels. Coper’s work was exhibited and collected worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York , Victoria and Albert Museum , London , the Sainsbury Centre and York Gallery in UK , National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto.