Robert Cooper (born 1949) is a wonderfully eclectic potter inspired in part by the fragments of the pottery he has found and collected to create ‘collaged’ pieces (bowls, caddies, drinking vessels, jugs) and sculptural tableaux. Made of the recycled detritus of clay and other materials to create new objects, he explores complex narratives of usage, taking the shards of past functions and remaking them into new ones. They are highly expressive pots with hybrid, inventively combined and assembled forms, and patterned and textured surfaces. Also involved in several major public commissions, including the London Underground, Robert Cooper trained at Sheffield College of Art, Kingston-upon-Thames College of Art, and the Royal College of Art. One of the most colourful and playful of current British ceramists, Cooper lives and works in London.