Martha Cooper, master potter (since 1966), graduated from
Stetson University in 1972 with a degree in Fine Art. Her influences date back
to her childhood in the Ohio River Valley where potteries like Rookwood and
Roseville popularized multicolor pottery with floral decorations and pastel
She made clay pots as a child on the riverbank where her father fished on Sunday afternoons. She called it her tea party, but she was accustomed to making her teacups. After years of practice and a degree, she pursued a career in pottery in the Piedmont of North Carolina. She worked for many potters - Jugtown among the list - while she developed her own studio and forte.
Nathan has been around pottery his entire life and made pots at his mother's studio since he was a toddler. He graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 1993 and began his career apprenticing with several master potters - Bill Stewart among his list. Now his mother and he have united at the Cooper Mays Studio. Their styles, though different, complement each other. One can peruse the Gallery at Cooper Mays and find something for just about any taste. Martha's specialty is the floral brushwork, while Nathan's sculptural visions create one-of-a-kind pieces that have become collectable in Galleries and privately.
Together they collaborate on many projects and represent 40 years in the craft. Their experience in the world of clay is undoubtedly the mark of excellent craftsmanship. Come visit them on your next trip to North Carolina, they are a treasure and a refreshing part of America's craft heritage.
|Village Craftsman||Ocracoke Island, North Carolina||(252) 928-5541|
|Ocean Annie's||Outer Banks, North Carolina||(252) 986-2662|
|Horizon Gallery||Durham, North Carolina||(919) 688-0313|
|Lavaughn's||Beaufort, North Carolina||(252) 728-5353|
|LDDK||Seagrove, North Carolina||(336) 873-8600|
|Little Art Gallery||Raleigh, North Carolina||(919) 787-6317|
|Tarheel Trading Co.y||Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina||n/a|
|Seven Sisters||Black Mtn, North Carolina||(828) 669-5107|
|Carolina Creations||New Bern, North Carolina||(252) 633-4369|
|ZOLA||Durham, North Carolina||(919) 286-5112|
|Rain Blue Gallery||Marietta, Georgia||(770) 973-1091|
|HandWorks||Acton, Massachusetts||(978) 263-1707|
|Hillyer House||Pass Christian, Miss.||(228) 452-4810|
|Taylor Kummins Gallery||Portsmouth, NH||n/a|
|The Clay Gallery||Nyack, New York||(914) 348-6306|